§ 456.001 Definitions
§ 456.002 Applicability
§ 456.003 Legislative intent; requirements
§ 456.004 Department; powers and duties
§ 456.005 Long-range policy planning
§ 456.006 Contacting boards through department
§ 456.007 Board members
§ 456.008 Accountability and liability of board members
§ 456.009 Legal and investigative services
§ 456.011 Boards; organization; meetings; compensation and travel expenses
§ 456.012 Board rules; final agency action; challenges
§ 456.013 Department; general licensing provisions
§ 456.0135 General background screening provisions
§ 456.014 Public inspection of information required from applicants; exceptions; examination hearing
§ 456.015 Limited licenses
§ 456.016 Use of professional testing services
§ 456.017 Examinations
§ 456.018 Penalty for theft or reproduction of an examination
§ 456.019 Restriction on requirement of citizenship
§ 456.021 Qualification of immigrants for examination to practice a licensed profession or occupation
§ 456.022 Foreign-trained professionals; special examination and license provisions
§ 456.023 Exemption for certain out-of-state or foreign professionals; limited practice permitted
§ 456.024 Members of Armed Forces in good standing with administrative boards or the department; spouses; licensure
§ 456.0241 Temporary certificate for active duty military health care practitioners
§ 456.025 Fees; receipts; disposition
§ 456.026 Annual report concerning finances, administrative complaints, disciplinary actions, and recommendations
§ 456.027 Education; accreditation
§ 456.028 Consultation with postsecondary education boards prior to adoption of changes to training requirements
§ 456.029 Education; substituting demonstration of competency for clock-hour requirements
§ 456.0301 Requirement for instruction on controlled substance prescribing
§ 456.031 Requirement for instruction on domestic violence
§ 456.032 Hepatitis B or HIV carriers
§ 456.033 Requirement for instruction for certain licensees on HIV and AIDS
§ 456.0341 Requirements for instruction on human trafficking
§ 456.035 Address of record
§ 456.036 Licenses; active and inactive status; delinquency
§ 456.0361 Compliance with continuing education requirements
§ 456.037 Business establishments; requirements for active status licenses; delinquency; discipline; applicability
§ 456.038 Renewal and cancellation notices
§ 456.039 Designated health care professionals; information required for licensure
§ 456.0391 Advanced practice registered nurses; information required for licensure
§ 456.0392 Prescription labeling
§ 456.041 Practitioner profile; creation
§ 456.042 Practitioner profiles; update
§ 456.043 Practitioner profiles; data storage
§ 456.044 Practitioner profiles; rules; workshops
§ 456.045 Practitioner profiles; maintenance of superseded information
§ 456.046 Practitioner profiles; confidentiality
§ 456.048 Financial responsibility requirements for certain health care practitioners
§ 456.049 Health care practitioners; reports on professional liability claims and actions
§ 456.0495 Reporting adverse incidents occurring in planned out-of-hospital births
§ 456.0496 Provision of information on eye and vision disorders to parents during planned out-of-hospital births
§ 456.051 Reports of professional liability actions; bankruptcies; Department of Health’s responsibility to provide.
§ 456.052 Disclosure of financial interest by production
§ 456.053 Financial arrangements between referring health care providers and providers of health care services
§ 456.054 Kickbacks prohibited
§ 456.055 Chiropractic and podiatric health care; denial of payment; limitation
§ 456.056 Treatment of Medicare beneficiaries; refusal, emergencies, consulting physicians
§ 456.057 Ownership and control of patient records; report or copies of records to be furnished; disclosure of information
§ 456.0575 Duty to notify patients
§ 456.058 Disposition of records of deceased practitioners or practitioners relocating or terminating practice
§ 456.059 Communications confidential; exceptions
§ 456.061 Practitioner disclosure of confidential information; immunity from civil or criminal liability
§ 456.062 Advertisement by a health care practitioner of free or discounted services; required statement
§ 456.063 Sexual misconduct; disqualification for license, certificate, or registration
§ 456.0635 Health care fraud; disqualification for license, certificate, or registration
§ 456.065 Unlicensed practice of a health care profession; intent; cease and desist notice; penalties; enforcement; citations; fees; allocation and disposition of moneys collected
§ 456.066 Prosecution of criminal violations
§ 456.067 Penalty for giving false information
§ 456.068 Toll-free telephone number for reporting of complaints
§ 456.069 Authority to inspect
§ 456.071 Power to administer oaths, take depositions, and issue subpoenas
§ 456.072 Grounds for discipline; penalties; enforcement
§ 456.073 Disciplinary proceedings
§ 456.074 Certain health care practitioners; immediate suspension of license
§ 456.075 Criminal proceedings against licensees; appearances by department representatives
§ 456.076 Impaired practitioner programs
§ 456.077 Authority to issue citations
§ 456.078 Mediation
§ 456.079 Disciplinary guidelines
§ 456.081 Publication of information
§ 456.082 Disclosure of confidential information
§ 456.36 Health care professionals; exemption from disqualification from employment or contracting
§ 456.38 Practitioner registry for disasters and emergencies
§ 456.41 Complementary or alternative health care treatments
§ 456.42 Written prescriptions for medicinal drugs
§ 456.43 Electronic prescribing for medicinal drugs
§ 456.44 Controlled substance prescribing
§ 456.47 Use of telehealth to provide services
§ 456.50 Repeated medical malpractice
§ 456.51 Consent for pelvic examinations

Terms Used In Florida Statutes > Chapter 456 - Health Professions and Occupations: General Provisions

  • Acquittal:
    1. Judgement that a criminal defendant has not been proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
    2. A verdict of "not guilty."
  • Affidavit: A written statement of facts confirmed by the oath of the party making it, before a notary or officer having authority to administer oaths.
  • Amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
  • Answer: The formal written statement by a defendant responding to a civil complaint and setting forth the grounds for defense.
  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Appellate: About appeals; an appellate court has the power to review the judgement of another lower court or tribunal.
  • Appropriation: The provision of funds, through an annual appropriations act or a permanent law, for federal agencies to make payments out of the Treasury for specified purposes. The formal federal spending process consists of two sequential steps: authorization
  • Approved: means conforming to the requirements of the Florida Building Code. See Florida Statutes 553.36
  • Approved inspection agency: means an organization determined by the department to be especially qualified by reason of facilities, personnel, experience, and demonstrated reliability to investigate, test, and evaluate manufactured building units or systems or the component parts thereof, together with the plans, specifications, and quality control procedures to ensure that such units, systems, or component parts are in full compliance with the Florida Building Code and to label such units complying with those standards. See Florida Statutes 553.36
  • Arrest: Taking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
  • Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
  • Ballast efficiency factor: means the ratio of relative light output, expressed as a percent, to the power input, expressed in watts under test conditions. See Florida Statutes 553.955
  • Bankruptcy: Refers to statutes and judicial proceedings involving persons or businesses that cannot pay their debts and seek the assistance of the court in getting a fresh start. Under the protection of the bankruptcy court, debtors may discharge their debts, perhaps by paying a portion of each debt. Bankruptcy judges preside over these proceedings.
  • Beneficiary: A person who is entitled to receive the benefits or proceeds of a will, trust, insurance policy, retirement plan, annuity, or other contract. Source: OCC
  • Board: means any board or commission, or other statutorily created entity to the extent such entity is authorized to exercise regulatory or rulemaking functions, within the department, except that, for ss. See Florida Statutes 456.001
  • Charity: An agency, institution, or organization in existence and operating for the benefit of an indefinite number of persons and conducted for educational, religious, scientific, medical, or other beneficent purposes.
  • Code: means the Florida Energy Efficiency Code for Building Construction. See Florida Statutes 553.955
  • Commission: means the Florida Building Commission created by this part. See Florida Statutes 553.71
  • Common law: The legal system that originated in England and is now in use in the United States. It is based on judicial decisions rather than legislative action.
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Component: means any assembly, subassembly, or combination of parts for use as a part of a building, which may include structural, electrical, mechanical, and fire protection systems and other systems affecting health and safety. See Florida Statutes 553.36
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • cost-effective: as used in this part , means cost-effective to the consumer. See Florida Statutes 553.901
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Department: means the Department of Health. See Florida Statutes 456.001
  • Department: means the Department of Revenue. See Florida Statutes 538.31
  • Department: means the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. See Florida Statutes 553.36
  • Department: means the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. See Florida Statutes 553.71
  • Department: means the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. See Florida Statutes 553.955
  • Deposition: An oral statement made before an officer authorized by law to administer oaths. Such statements are often taken to examine potential witnesses, to obtain discovery, or to be used later in trial.
  • Discovery: Lawyers' examination, before trial, of facts and documents in possession of the opponents to help the lawyers prepare for trial.
  • Dismissal: The dropping of a case by the judge without further consideration or hearing. Source:
  • Distributor: means any person or business entity which distributes a privately labeled product on a national basis for which the specifications for manufacture, testing, and certification are established and attested to by the distributor, rather than the manufacturer. See Florida Statutes 553.955
  • Donor: The person who makes a gift.
  • Energy conservation standard: means :
    (a) A performance standard which prescribes a minimum level of energy efficiency or a maximum quantity of energy use for a covered product, determined in accordance with applicable test procedures;
    (b) A design requirement for the products specified in…. See Florida Statutes 553.955
  • Energy performance level: means the indicator of the energy-related performance of a building, including, but not limited to, the levels of insulation, the amount and type of glass, and the HVAC and water heating system efficiencies. See Florida Statutes 553.902
  • errata to the code: means a list of errors on current and previous editions of the Florida Building Code. See Florida Statutes 553.73
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Exterior envelope physical characteristics: means the physical nature of those elements of a building which enclose conditioned spaces through which energy may be transferred to or from the exterior. See Florida Statutes 553.902
  • factory-built building: means a closed structure, building assembly, or system of subassemblies, which may include structural, electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilating, or other service systems manufactured in manufacturing facilities for installation or erection as a finished building or as part of a finished building, which shall include, but not be limited to, residential, commercial, institutional, storage, and industrial structures. See Florida Statutes 553.36
  • Factory-built school shelter: means any site-assembled or factory-built school building that is designed to be portable, relocatable, demountable, or reconstructible and that complies with the provisions for enhanced hurricane protection areas, as required by the applicable code. See Florida Statutes 553.36
  • Fair market value: The price at which an asset would change hands in a transaction between a willing, informed buyer and a willing, informed seller.
  • Fee simple: Absolute title to property with no limitations or restrictions regarding the person who may inherit it.
  • Fiscal year: The fiscal year is the accounting period for the government. For the federal government, this begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. The fiscal year is designated by the calendar year in which it ends; for example, fiscal year 2006 begins on October 1, 2005 and ends on September 30, 2006.
  • fluorescent lamp ballast: means a device to operate a fluorescent lamp by providing a starting voltage and current and limiting the current during normal operation. See Florida Statutes 553.955
  • Fraud: Intentional deception resulting in injury to another.
  • Freezer: means a cabinet designed as a unit for the storage of food at temperatures of about 0 °F, having the ability to freeze food, and having a source of refrigeration requiring an energy input. See Florida Statutes 553.955
  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • Health care practitioner: means any person licensed under chapter 457; chapter 458; chapter 459; chapter 460; chapter 461; chapter 462; chapter 463; chapter 464; chapter 465; chapter 466; chapter 467; part I, part II, part III, part V, part X, part XIII, or part XIV of chapter 468; chapter 478; chapter 480; part I, part II, or part III of chapter 483; chapter 484; chapter 486; chapter 490; or chapter 491. See Florida Statutes 456.001
  • HVAC: means a system of heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning. See Florida Statutes 553.902
  • Injunction: An order of the court prohibiting (or compelling) the performance of a specific act to prevent irreparable damage or injury.
  • Insignia: means an approved device or seal issued by the department to indicate compliance with the standards and rules established pursuant to this part. See Florida Statutes 553.36
  • Interest rate: The amount paid by a borrower to a lender in exchange for the use of the lender's money for a certain period of time. Interest is paid on loans or on debt instruments, such as notes or bonds, either at regular intervals or as part of a lump sum payment when the issue matures. Source: OCC
  • Joint committee: Committees including membership from both houses of teh legislature. Joint committees are usually established with narrow jurisdictions and normally lack authority to report legislation.
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Lease: A contract transferring the use of property or occupancy of land, space, structures, or equipment in consideration of a payment (e.g., rent). Source: OCC
  • Liabilities: The aggregate of all debts and other legal obligations of a particular person or legal entity.
  • License: means any permit, registration, certificate, or license, including a provisional license, issued by the department. See Florida Statutes 456.001
  • Licensee: means any person or entity issued a permit, registration, certificate, or license, including a provisional license, by the department. See Florida Statutes 456.001
  • Load management control device: means any device installed by any electric utility or its contractors which temporarily interrupts electric service to major appliances, motors, or other electrical systems contained within the buildings or on the premises of consumers for the purpose of reducing the utility's system demand as needed in order to prevent curtailment of electric service in whole or in part to consumers and thereby maintain the quality of service to consumers, provided the device is in compliance with a program approved by the Florida Public Service Commission. See Florida Statutes 553.71
  • Local enforcement agency: means an agency of local government, a local school board, a community college board of trustees, or a university board of trustees in the State University System with jurisdiction to make inspections of buildings and to enforce the codes which establish standards for design, construction, erection, alteration, repair, modification, or demolition of public or private buildings, structures, or facilities. See Florida Statutes 553.71
  • Local enforcement agency: means the agency of local government which has the authority to make inspections of buildings and to enforce the Florida Building Code. See Florida Statutes 553.902
  • local governing body: as used in this part shall be construed to refer exclusively to such local board or agency. See Florida Statutes 553.73
  • Local government: means any municipality, county, district, or combination thereof comprising a governmental unit. See Florida Statutes 553.36
  • local government: means a county, municipality, special district, or political subdivision of the state. See Florida Statutes 553.73
  • Luminaire: means a complete lighting unit consisting of a fluorescent lamp or lamps, together with parts designed to distribute the light, to position and protect such lamps, and to connect such lamps to the power supply. See Florida Statutes 553.955
  • Manufacture: means the process of making, fabricating, constructing, forming, or assembling a product from raw, unfinished, semifinished, or finished materials. See Florida Statutes 553.36
  • Manufacturer: means any person or business entity engaged in the original production or assembly of a product. See Florida Statutes 553.955
  • minor: includes any person who has not attained the age of 18 years. See Florida Statutes 1.01
  • Mobile home: means any residential unit constructed to standards promulgated by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. See Florida Statutes 553.36
  • Module: means a separately transported three-dimensional component of a manufactured building which contains all or a portion of structural systems, electrical systems, plumbing systems, mechanical systems, fire systems, and thermal systems. See Florida Statutes 553.36
  • New product: means a product that is sold, offered for sale, or installed for the first time and specifically includes floor models and demonstration units. See Florida Statutes 553.955
  • Nolo contendere: No contest-has the same effect as a plea of guilty, as far as the criminal sentence is concerned, but may not be considered as an admission of guilt for any other purpose.
  • oath: includes affirmations. See Florida Statutes 1.01
  • Oath: A promise to tell the truth.
  • Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
  • Occupancy: means an occupied building or part of a building. See Florida Statutes 553.955
  • Operation: means the ability to start the lamp at least 8 times out of 10 with a minimum of 1 minute between attempts when tested under test conditions. See Florida Statutes 553.955
  • Oversight: Committee review of the activities of a Federal agency or program.
  • Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
  • person: includes individuals, children, firms, associations, joint adventures, partnerships, estates, trusts, business trusts, syndicates, fiduciaries, corporations, and all other groups or combinations. See Florida Statutes 1.01
  • Personal property: All property that is not real property.
  • Plaintiff: The person who files the complaint in a civil lawsuit.
  • Plea: In a criminal case, the defendant's statement pleading "guilty" or "not guilty" in answer to the charges, a declaration made in open court.
  • political subdivision: include counties, cities, towns, villages, special tax school districts, special road and bridge districts, bridge districts, and all other districts in this state. See Florida Statutes 1.01
  • Power input: means the rate of energy consumption in watts of a ballast and fluorescent lamp or lamps. See Florida Statutes 553.955
  • Probable cause: A reasonable ground for belief that the offender violated a specific law.
  • Probation: A sentencing alternative to imprisonment in which the court releases convicted defendants under supervision as long as certain conditions are observed.
  • Profession: means any activity, occupation, profession, or vocation regulated by the department in the Division of Medical Quality Assurance. See Florida Statutes 456.001
  • Prosecute: To charge someone with a crime. A prosecutor tries a criminal case on behalf of the government.
  • Quorum: The number of legislators that must be present to do business.
  • Real property: Land, and all immovable fixtures erected on, growing on, or affixed to the land.
  • Relative light output: means the test ballast light output divided by a reference ballast light output using the same reference lamp and expressing the value as a percent. See Florida Statutes 553.955
  • Remainder: An interest in property that takes effect in the future at a specified time or after the occurrence of some event, such as the death of a life tenant.
  • Rescission: The cancellation of budget authority previously provided by Congress. The Impoundment Control Act of 1974 specifies that the President may propose to Congress that funds be rescinded. If both Houses have not approved a rescission proposal (by passing legislation) within 45 days of continuous session, any funds being withheld must be made available for obligation.
  • Secretary: means the Secretary of Business and Professional Regulation. See Florida Statutes 553.71
  • Service of process: The service of writs or summonses to the appropriate party.
  • Settlement: Parties to a lawsuit resolve their difference without having a trial. Settlements often involve the payment of compensation by one party in satisfaction of the other party's claims.
  • Special inspector: means a licensed architect or registered engineer who is certified under chapter 471 or chapter 481 to conduct inspections of threshold buildings. See Florida Statutes 553.71
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
  • Subpoena: A command to a witness to appear and give testimony.
  • System: means structural, plumbing, mechanical, heating, electrical, or ventilating elements, materials, or components combined for use in a building. See Florida Statutes 553.36
  • Temporary: includes , but is not limited to, buildings identified by, but not designated as permanent structures on, an approved development order. See Florida Statutes 553.71
  • Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
  • Threshold building: means any building which is greater than three stories or 50 feet in height, or which has an assembly occupancy classification as defined in the Florida Building Code which exceeds 5,000 square feet in area and an occupant content of greater than 500 persons. See Florida Statutes 553.71
  • Tort: A civil wrong or breach of a duty to another person, as outlined by law. A very common tort is negligent operation of a motor vehicle that results in property damage and personal injury in an automobile accident.
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
  • User fees: Fees charged to users of goods or services provided by the government. In levying or authorizing these fees, the legislature determines whether the revenue should go into the treasury or should be available to the agency providing the goods or services.
  • Venue: The geographical location in which a case is tried.
  • veteran: means a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service and who was discharged or released under honorable conditions only or who later received an upgraded discharge under honorable conditions, notwithstanding any action by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs on individuals discharged or released with other than honorable discharges. See Florida Statutes 1.01
  • Writ: A formal written command, issued from the court, requiring the performance of a specific act.
  • writing: includes handwriting, printing, typewriting, and all other methods and means of forming letters and characters upon paper, stone, wood, or other materials. See Florida Statutes 1.01