Maryland Register

Issue Date:  June 8, 2018

Volume 45 • Issue 12 • Pages 634--635


Title 10 


10.38.12 Dry Needling

Authority: Health Occupations Article, §§13-101 and 13-206, Annotated Code of Maryland

Notice of Proposed Action


The Secretary of Health proposes to amend Regulation .03 under COMAR 10.38.12 Dry Needling. This action was considered at a public meeting held on March 20, 2018, notice of which was given by publication on the Board’s website at pursuant to General Provisions Article, §3-302(c)(3)(ii), Annotated Code of Maryland.

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of this action is to change the effective date of registration for the minimum education and training necessary for physical therapists to perform dry needling from June 19, 2018 to October 1, 2018 to permit the Board of Physical Therapy Examiners the necessary time to fully implement the registration process.

Comparison to Federal Standards

There is no corresponding federal standard to this proposed action.

Estimate of Economic Impact

The proposed action has no economic impact.

Economic Impact on Small Businesses

The proposed action has minimal or no economic impact on small businesses.

Impact on Individuals with Disabilities

The proposed action has no impact on individuals with disabilities.

Opportunity for Public Comment

Comments may be sent to Michele Phinney, Director, Office of Regulation and Policy Coordination, Maryland Department of Health, 201 West Preston Street, Room 512, Baltimore, MD 21201, or call 410-767-6499 (TTY 800-735-2258), or email to, or fax to 410-767-6483. Comments will be accepted through July 9, 2018. A public hearing has not been scheduled.

.03 Minimum Education and Training Necessary to Perform Dry Needling.

A.—I. (text unchanged)

J. This regulation shall take effect [June 19, 2018] October 1, 2018.

Secretary of Health