GCMB announces emergency practice permit plan ahead of Hurricane Irma

September 2, 2017

ATLANTA – The Georgia Composite Medical Board announced today that it may approve and issue “emergency practice permits” to physicians who wish to practice medicine during disaster relief efforts if Hurricane Irma affects Georgia. Ahead of the storm, Gov. Nathan Deal has already issued states of emergency for 30 Georgia counties.

Authority for an emergency practice permit derives from GCMB Rule 360-2-.13, which states that “during an event for which the Governor of the State of Georgia has issued an executive order declaring a disaster or a state of emergency, the Board may waive some of the licensure requirements in order to permit the provision of emergency health services to the public.”

Before practicing medicine in Georgia under this provision, the applicant must receive the Board’s approval of the following:

  • an application for this emergency practice permit (see below),
  • proof of current and unrestricted licensure in another state,
  • copy of a valid government-issued photo ID,
  • and a current National Practitioner’s Data Bank Report

All permits issued under this provision shall be valid for 90 days or until the statement of emergency or disaster has been lifted by the governor, whichever comes first.

To submit completed application or for more information about the emergency practice permit during Hurricane Irma, please contact the GCMB’s Executive Director LaSharn Hughes at lhughes@dch.ga.gov.