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Laws and Regulations

The 2017 Laws and Regulations book is now available. The Laws and Regulations book contains provisions from the California Business and Professions Code, Penal Code, Welfare and Institutions Code, Evidence Code, Civil Code, Family Code, Health and Safety Code, the Title 16, Division 13.1 of the California Code of Regulations relating to the profession regulated by the California Board of Psychology, the Board’s Disciplinary Guidelines and the American Psychological Associations Ethics Guidelines. The electronic version of the book is available at no charge, and can be found below. If you would like to request a hard copy of the book (associated fee applies), please visit this website.

2017 Laws and Regulations book

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A statute is a written law approved by the California Legislature and signed by the Governor. To create a new, or change an existing statute, a bill must first be created by a member of the California Legislature. The bill will contain the original language for the statute, or the language that is intended to be modified. These bills are oftentimes sponsored by an outside party, such as The Board of Psychology (Board), a professional association or another stakeholder interested in making the change. Once the bill is created, it must pass through multiple committees and the floor of both the California Senate and Assembly. After both houses agree, the bill is then sent to the Governor’s desk, to be signed into law or vetoed.

Legislative Advisories Effective January 1, 2017

newSB 1193 (Hill Chapter 484, Statutes of 2016) – Healing Arts

newSummary of Changes Related to Psychological Assistants

Historical Legislative Advisories

Previous Legislative Advisories archive

Position Letters 2017

Historical Position Letters

Previous letters archive



A regulation is a rule adopted by the Board which implements, interprets or makes specific the statutes in the Board’s Practice Act. A statute sets forth a general legal requirement, whereas a regulation makes the requirement more specific. For example, a statute can legally allow the Board to charge an application fee, but the regulation will set the amount of the fee. If there is a conflict between a statute and a regulation, the statute prevails.

Regulations are created through the California Office of Administrative Law (OAL) through the Rulemaking process rather than the Legislature. Once proposed language has been developed by the Board, the Board must file a Notice of Proposed Changes with OAL and publicly notice the language for a hearing, allowing written comments to be submitted prior to the hearing and oral testimony to be provided at the hearing. Once all public comments are addressed and the language has been adopted by the Board, the Rulemaking File must be approved by multiple entities within the Department of Consumer Affairs, as well as by the Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency. If there is a fiscal or economic impact, the file must also be submitted to the Department of Finance for approval. Finally, the Rulemaking File is submitted to OAL for review. Once OAL approves the Rulemaking File, the new regulations are filed with the Secretary of State and become effective either January 1st or July 1st, whichever first occurs after the filing with the Secretary of State.

Regulation Advisories

new Uniform Standards Related to Substance Abuse and Disciplinary Guidelines Regulation Advisory

Filing of Addresses Regulation Advisory

Proposed Regulations

The Board's Regulation sections are contained in the California Code of Regulations (CCR) Title 16 of Division 13, Articles 1-10. You can download the 2017 Laws and Regulations book. The Board's Laws and Regulations book contains sections of the California Business and Professions Code and the California Code of Regulations. The publication also contains miscellaneous code sections from the California Health and Safety Code, the California Welfare and Institutions Code, the California Penal Code, the California Evidence Code, the California Civil Code the California Corporations Code and the California Family Code.

Finalized Regulations

Verification of Experience and Supervision Agreement Forms Regulatory Proposal

Amends sections 1387 and 1387.1 of Title 16 of the California Code of Regulations

This proposal modifies the current requirements regarding the maintenance and submission of the Verification of Experience and Supervision Agreement Forms.

Approved and Withdrawn Regulation Archive