News from FARB: National Policy Summit on Professional Regulation Produces Action Plan for Regulatory Collaboration

FARB National Policy Summit

July 30, 2015

Washington, DC—The Federation of Associations of Regulatory Boards (FARB) hosted its inaugural FARB National Policy Summit on Professional Regulation on July 23, 2015. FARB welcomed Chief Executive Officers and Executive Directors from 22 associations and federations of regulatory boards to discuss professional regulation and efforts to collaborate on the collective health, safety, and welfare missions surrounding the regulatory community. Participants engaged in lively and productive discussions on a variety of relevant topics ranging from a collective regulatory voice, state based regulation, and antitrust implications of statutorily created and authorized regulatory boards. “On behalf of the FARB Board of Directors, we are so pleased to have had the breadth of representation and scope of knowledge of the regulated professions in attendance. The Summit was very well received by the participants and FARB looks forward to continued dialogue on common regulatory issues,” noted Mary de Sousa, President of FARB and NCARB's Chief Operating Officer.

The purpose of the FARB Summit was to coordinate the efforts of each respective association and identify the significant commonalities in existence. FARB identifies common regulatory factors that will lead to increased efficiencies and promotes uniformity to the extent relevant to the general nature of regulation and public protection. “It is essential that FARB and its Governing Members promote a complete and accurate understanding of professional regulation and the consequences of modifications to the regulatory structures, especially in light of the recent United States Supreme Court decision in the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. the Federal Trade Commission,” stated Dale Atkinson, Executive Director and General Counsel to FARB.

FARB will take immediate steps to publish a revised FARB Uniform Model Practice Act, engage in the development of advocacy approaches to ensure legislative and gubernatorial actions are based upon an informed platform, as well as continue to promote a unified voice regarding professional regulation.

For more information about the summit, contact:
Barbara Arango at


About FARB
FARB is a not for profit, 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in 1974 to promote public protection and provide a forum for information exchange for associations of regulatory boards and their stakeholders with interests in professional regulation. The mission of FARB is to promote excellence in regulation for public protection by providing expertise and innovation from a multi-professional perspective. Learn more about FARB at

About the 2015 FARB National Policy Summit on Professional Regulation
In additional to NCARB, the organizations represented at the FARB National Policy Summit included: American Association of Dental Boards (AADB), American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB), Association of Real Estate License Law Officials (ARELLO), Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB), Board of Certification for Athletic Trainers (BOC), Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB), Federation of Associations of Regulatory Boards (FARB), Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards (FCLB), Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT), Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB), Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards (ICFSEB), National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB), National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA), National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies (NASCLA), National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO), National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), and National Council of Interior Designers (NCIDQ).

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