Ala. Admin. Code r. 540-X-9-.12 - Confidentiality Of Records

(1) All reports of investigations; documents subpoenaed by the Board; reports of any investigative committee appointed by the Board; memoranda of the Board's counsel relating to investigations; statements of persons interviewed by the Board or any committee of the Board; all information, interviews, reports, statements or memoranda of any kind furnished to the Board or any committee of the Board; and any findings, conclusions or recommendations resulting from proceedings of the Board or any committee of the Board, unless presented as evidence at a public hearing, shall be privileged and confidential, shall be used only in the exercise of the proper functions of the Board, and shall not be public records nor be available for court subpoena or for discovery proceedings.
(2) Nothing contained in paragraph (1) shall apply to records made in the regular course of business of an individual. Documents or records otherwise available from original sources are not to be construed as immune from discovery or use in any civil proceedings merely because they were presented or considered during the proceedings of the Board of Medical Examiners or the Medical Licensure Commission.
(3) The Board may authorize the release of investigative records and files to municipal, county, state, and Federal law enforcement or regulatory agencies or officials and to state and United States territorial medical licensing agencies or officials. The procedure for authorizing release of investigative records shall be the following:
(a) Requests for release of any investigative records shall be in writing to the Executive Director or Chairman of the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners from the requesting agency or official.
(b) The written request shall state, in detail sufficient for the Board to make an informed decision concerning the necessity for release, the reason(s) for requesting the records, the exact manner in which the records will be utilized, whether release or disclosure of the records to any additional entity or third party is contemplated, and the identity of the entity or third party to whom the further disclosure of the records is contemplated.
(c) Authorizations by the Board for the release of investigative records to law enforcement or regulatory agencies or officials shall be separately recorded in the Minutes of the Board, and a cumulative record of all written requests and documents released by the Board pursuant to the requests shall be maintained, alphabetically, in a file entitled, "Release by Board of Investigative Records."
(d) When disclosure of any requested investigative record would violate a state or Federal statute, would interfere with any ongoing Board investigation or enforcement proceeding, or would disclose investigative techniques and procedures the effectiveness of which would thereby be impaired, then the Board shall not authorize the release of the requested records.
(4) Use of materials and records in contested cases before the Medical Licensure Commission or release of records to law enforcement, regulatory, or medical licensing agencies or officials shall not be deemed a waiver of confidentiality or privilege established by this rule and the governing statute.

Author: Patricia E. Shaner


Ala. Admin. Code r. 540-X-9-.12
New Rule: Filed August 22, 2002; effective September 26, 2002.

Statutory Authority: Code of Ala. 1975, ยง 34-24-60, as amended.

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