21 NCAC 10 .0501             FILING COMPLAINTS

(a)  General.  Any person who has reason to believe that a Doctor of Chiropractic has violated the laws governing chiropractic may file a complaint with the Board of Examiners.  Complaints should be filed with the secretary of the Board of Examiners.

(b)  Form of Complaint.  Complaints may be formal or informal, but must be in writing:

(1)           Informal Complaints.  Any written communication, construed most favorably to the complainant, which appears to allege a violation of the laws governing chiropractic shall be considered an informal complaint.

(2)           Formal Complaint.  A formal complaint shall be executed in writing under oath upon a form provided by the secretary.   It shall specify the statute or rule allegedly violated and shall contain a short statement of the acts or omissions constituting the alleged violation including the dates of said acts or omissions.

(c)  Secretary's Response to Complaints.  The secretary shall review any complaint to determine whether a major or minor violation has been alleged.  If the secretary determines that the alleged violation is minor, he shall attempt to resolve the complaint by informal communication with the complainant and the chiropractor complained of.  If the secretary determines that the alleged violation is major, he shall assist the complainant in filing a formal complaint.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 90‑142; 90‑154;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Readopted Eff. January 27, 1978;

Amended Eff. December 1, 1988; January 1, 1983; December 20, 1979.