TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – A state panel next week will consider whether to approve a Florida Medical Association course on human trafficking as a continuing-education requirement for doctors.

The Board of Medicine Rules and Legislative Committee will consider the FMA’s request for course approval when the panel meets in Coral Gables.

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The Legislature this year passed a human trafficking bill, which, among other things, requires physicians to take one continuing-education credit in issues related to human trafficking.

In addition, the legislation requires health-care providers to post signs regarding human trafficking in conspicuous places accessible to employees by Jan. 1, 2021.

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The Florida Department of Health has created a sign for health care providers to use. The continuing-education requirement affects numerous health-care fields.

The department also has launched an informational website on human trafficking and health-care providers.

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