In a press release issued yesterday, Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele stated that the Department of State has taken disciplinary actions against 99 licensed or commissioned professionals and organizations during the month of February.
The complete list of sanctions imposed by the Pennsylvania Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs is available online and can be accessed here. Each entry includes the name of the respondent, license number, last known business address registered with the board, sanction imposed, a brief description of the basis for the disciplinary or corrective measure, the effective date, and whether the action has been appealed. In addition to February’s disciplinary actions report, monthly summaries of all disciplinary actions since 2005 are also provided.
The Pennsylvania Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs regulates more than 900,000 active professionals and businesses and include physicians, nurses, dentists, architects, accountants, barbers, pilots, social workers, and many others. The bureau consists of 29 licensing boards and provides administrative and legal support to its licensees to encourage high-quality services to the public. If any professional holding a Pennsylvania license is found by a board or commission to have violated either state law or that board’s regulations, the board or commission can impose disciplinary action against that licensee. Disciplinary actions may include civil penalties and the suspension or revocation of a license.
In addition to disciplinary actions, the bureau also provides a license verification service. Individuals and businesses regulated by the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs are included in this online database. If you would like to verify a professional or occupations license, simply enter the licensee name, business name, or license number. The results produced include full name, address, profession, license type, license number, license issue and expiration dates, and the last renewal date. Disciplinary actions, if any, are also provided.
Professional licensing boards are very important as they protect the health, safety and welfare of the public by assuring that only qualified, competent persons are licensed. If you suspect unlicensed activity by an individual or a facility, or if you have been the victim of unethical treatment, you can file a complaint with Pennsylvania Department of State online here. Guidelines for submitting a complaint can be found here.
Business and corporate records, attorney status and bar member directories, registered contractors, Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) filings, and other Pennsylvania public records can be found through the Pennsylvania Free Public Records Directory. There, you can also search for Pennsylvania public records by county, municipality, or record type.
The Free Public Records Directory provides links and resources to many different types of public records such property tax and assessment records, state and local laws, inmate records, sex offenders, foreclosure listings, and more. Searches can be made by state, municipality, zip code, or by type of record.