The Board is authorized to:
(a) Adopt and promulgate rules and regulations and to do such other acts as may be necessary to carry into effect the duties and powers which accrue to the Board under laws now in force or which may hereafter be in force;
(b) Issue licenses to applicants meeting the statutory qualifications for licensure.
(c) Commence and maintain proceedings to restrain the unlawful practice of podiatry.
(d) Prescribe, administer and/or approve an examination in certain specified branches of medical learning;
(e) Provide for the safekeeping of complete records of all examinations held by the Board;
(f) Keep complete minutes of all the Board's proceedings;
(g) Keep records of all reports of claims, actions or violations concerning the performance of all licensees, professional and legal duties and to review the reports annually.
(h) Furnish all personnel and facilities necessary to administer and enforce the provisions of law relating to the Alabama State Board of Podiatry;
(i) Employ a legal advisor or attorney when deemed necessary to aid the Board;
(j) Certify applications of Alabama licenses for reciprocity in other states;
(k) Promote continuing medical education of all podiatrists licensed by the Board;
The Board on its own motion or in response to any complaint submitted to the Board may investigate any evidence which appears to show that a licensee holding a license to practice podiatry in Alabama is or may be guilty of any of the acts, offenses, or conditions set out in Code of Ala. 1975
. Any hearings conducted by the Board pursuant to its investigative power shall not be deemed a contested case under Rule 730-X-4-.01
(m) Suspend, revoke or nonrenew a license to practice podiatry when the statutory grounds for suspension, revocation or nonrenewal are present;
(n) Accept surrender of a license to practice podiatry.