What is an Order? An Order is the document issued by
the Board indicating the Board's decision that the practitioner is or is
not in violation of law or regulation. Typically, an order resolves the
allegations in the Notice, and contains findings of fact and conclusions
of law. It may impose a sanction or require some action by the practitioner.
In some cases, the Board's decision is to dismiss the allegations in the
Notice and such a decision is usually stated in a letter. "Order" also applies
to "Consent Orders" which are agreed to by the practitioner.
A "Notice and/or "Statement of Particulars" contains a statement
of charges that have not been proven. The Board will meet with the named
practitioner to discuss these charges and make a decision, or settle the
charges with a consent order. After the meeting, the Board may decide to
exonerate the practitioner or dismiss the charges. Or, the Board may decide
that some or all of the charges are proven and a violation of law or regulation
occurred. If the evidence supports a violation, the Board may take appropriate
action against the license of the practitioner. Until the Board issues a
decision (by letter, order or consent order) that contains findings about
these charges, they are not proven.
Pending: This could be a notice that has not been resolved by the
Board or an order that is not yet final.