Current through the 2023 Legislative Session.
Section 2270 - Dissemination of misinformation or disinformation related to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, or "COVID-19," designated unprofessional conduct(a) It shall constitute unprofessional conduct for a physician and surgeon to disseminate misinformation or disinformation related to COVID-19, including false or misleading information regarding the nature and risks of the virus, its prevention and treatment; and the development, safety, and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines.(b) For purposes of this section, the following definitions shall apply: (1) "Board" means the Medical Board of California or the Osteopathic Medical Board of California, as applicable.(2) "Disinformation" means misinformation that the licensee deliberately disseminated with malicious intent or an intent to mislead.(3) "Disseminate" means the conveyance of information from the licensee to a patient under the licensee's care in the form of treatment or advice.(4) "Misinformation" means false information that is contradicted by contemporary scientific consensus contrary to the standard of care.(5) "Physician and surgeon" means a person licensed by the Medical Board of California or the Osteopathic Medical Board of California under Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 2000).(c) Section 2314 shall not apply to this section.
Ca. Bus. and Prof. Code § 2270Added by Stats 2022 ch 938 (AB 2098),s 2, eff. 1/1/2023.