Bill to strengthen acupuncture education heads to governor’s desk

HARRISBURG, June 26 – The Pennsylvania House today gave final approval to state Rep. Pat Gallagher’s bill (H.B. 1490) that would update the Acupuncture Licensure Act. 

The update to current law will require licensed acupuncturists to complete 30 hours of approved continuing education every two years. If an acupuncturist is also a physician, only nine hours will be required as part of the physician’s continuing education.

Gallagher’s bill also will let acupuncturists from other states attend continuing education courses in Pennsylvania, helping programs based here to thrive.

“As we see the practice of acupuncture continue to grow, it’s important that the people providing it are up to date on the latest information,” said Gallagher, D-Phila. “More and more Pennsylvanians are receiving acupuncture treatment, and they deserve to get it from well-trained providers.”

With prior passage in the Senate, H.B. 1490 now heads to Gov. Josh Shapiro’s desk for his signature.