In 1981, the Nevada State Legislature
enacted a statute creating an Advisory Committee to work with
the Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners, consisting of three
physicians licensed under chapter 630 of NRS who practiced
homeopathy and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).
This Committee assisted the board in matters pertaining to homeopathy
and CAM. Recognizing that the philosophical foundation of allopathic
medicine (NRS 630) is contrary to the philosophy of homeopathy
and CAM, the governor and members of the legislature agreed
that a new board was needed to regulate physicians practicing
homeopathy and CAM. Senate Bill 237, which included electrodiagnosis
and cell therapy, was enacted in 1983. The Nevada State Board
of Homeopathic Medical Examiners (BHME) was established under
chapter 630A of NRS and chapter 630A of NAC.
In accordance with the legislative
mandate to protect the public from harm, the board interviews
and examines applicants for licensure and certification, receives
and hears complaints, conducts investigations, and performs
disciplinary action when necessary. Board members are appointed
by the governor of Nevada to serve for one term (4 years).
In 1983, the board consisted
of 5 members (4 licensed homeopath physicians and 1 member of
the public). The board was expanded to 7 members (4 licensed
homeopathic physicians and 3 members of the public) in 1985,
and meets two or more times annually.
In 1995, homeopathic medicine was expanded by the legislature
to allow others who qualified in the health care field to apply
for a certificate to practice homeopathy and CAM as an advanced
practitioner of homeopathy or as a homeopathic assistant. Those
certified must practice under the supervision of a physician
licensed under NRS 630A.
In 1997, the practice of homeopathic medicine was further expanded
by the legislature to include the following CAM therapies in
addition to homeopathy, electrodiagnosis and cell therapy: neural
therapy, herbal therapy, neuromucscular integration, orthomolecular
therapy and nutrition. Please review NAC 630A.014 for definitions
and explanations of homeopathy and CAM therapies. This information
can be located on the following webpage.