2014 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 24 - FOOD AND DRUGS
Section 24:6B-16 - Criminal history record background check for applicants, designated representatives, persons enumerated.

NJ Rev Stat § 24:6B-16 (2014) What's This?

24:6B-16 Criminal history record background check for applicants, designated representatives, persons enumerated.
7. a. The commissioner shall require each applicant, designated representative or any person enumerated in subsection c. of section 6 of this act, in accordance with applicable State and federal laws, rules and regulations, to undergo a criminal history record background check.

The commissioner is authorized to exchange fingerprint data with and receive criminal history record background information from the Division of State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation consistent with the provisions of applicable federal and State laws, rules and regulations. The Division of State Police shall forward criminal history record background information to the commissioner in a timely manner when requested pursuant to the provisions of this section.

An applicant, designated representative or any person enumerated in subsection c. of section 6 of this act shall submit to being fingerprinted in accordance with applicable State and federal laws, rules and regulations. No check of criminal history record background information shall be performed pursuant to this section unless the applicant, designated representative or person enumerated in subsection c. of section 6 of this act has furnished his or her written consent to that check. An applicant, designated representative or person enumerated in subsection c. of section 6 of this act who refuses to consent to, or cooperate in, the securing of a check of criminal history record background information shall not be considered for licensure. An applicant, designated representative or person enumerated in subsection c. of section 6 of this act shall bear the cost for the criminal history record background check, including all costs of administering and processing the check.

b.The commissioner shall not license an applicant, designated representative or any person enumerated in subsection c. of section 6 of this act if the criminal history record background information reveals a disqualifying conviction. For the purposes of this section, a disqualifying conviction shall mean a conviction of any of the following crimes and offenses:

(1)In New Jersey, any crime or disorderly persons offense:

(a)involving danger to the person, meaning those crimes and disorderly persons offenses set forth in N.J.S.2C:11-1 et seq., N.J.S.2C:12-1 et seq., N.J.S.2C:13-1 et seq., N.J.S.2C:14-1 et seq. or N.J.S.2C:15-1 et seq.; or

(b)involving theft as set forth in chapter 20 of Title 2C of the New Jersey Statutes; or

(c)involving health care claims fraud as set forth in P.L.1997, c.353 (C.2C:21-4.2 et al.) or insurance fraud as set forth in sections 72 and 73 of P.L.2003, c.89 (C.2C:21-4.5 and 2C:21-4.6); or

(d)involving any controlled dangerous substance or controlled substance analog as set forth in chapter 35 of Title 2C of the New Jersey Statutes except paragraph (4) of subsection a. of N.J.S.2C:35-10; or

(2)In any other state or jurisdiction, of conduct which, if committed in New Jersey, would constitute any of the crimes or disorderly persons offenses described in paragraph (1) of this subsection; or

(3)Any violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, 21 U.S.C. s.301 et seq.

c.Upon receipt of the criminal history record background information from the Division of State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the commissioner shall provide written notification to the applicant, designated representative or person enumerated in subsection c. of section 6 of this act, of his or her qualification for or disqualification from licensure.

If the applicant, designated representative or person enumerated in subsection c. of section 6 of this act is disqualified because of a disqualifying conviction pursuant to the provisions of this section, the conviction that constitutes the basis for the disqualification shall be identified in the written notice.

d.The Division of State Police shall promptly notify the commissioner in the event that an individual who was the subject of a criminal history record background check conducted pursuant to this section is convicted of a crime or offense in this State after the date the background check was performed. Upon receipt of that notification, the commissioner shall make a determination regarding the continued eligibility for licensure of the applicant, designated representative or person enumerated in subsection c. of section 6 of this act.

e.Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection b. of this section to the contrary, the commissioner may offer provisional licensure for a period not to exceed three months if the applicant, designated representative or person enumerated in subsection c. of section 6 of this act submits to the commissioner a sworn statement attesting that the person has not been convicted of any disqualifying conviction pursuant to this section, and the commissioner determines that no criminal history record background information exists on file in the Division of State Police or the Federal Bureau of Investigation which would disqualify the person.

f.Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection b. of this section to the contrary, no applicant, designated representative or person enumerated in subsection c. of section 6 of this act shall be disqualified from licensure on the basis of any conviction disclosed by a criminal history record background check conducted pursuant to this section if the applicant, designated representative or person enumerated in subsection c. of section 6 this act has affirmatively demonstrated to the commissioner clear and convincing evidence of rehabilitation. In determining whether clear and convincing evidence of rehabilitation has been demonstrated, the following factors shall be considered:

(1)the nature and responsibility of the position which the convicted individual would hold, has held or currently holds;

(2)the nature and seriousness of the crime or offense;

(3)the circumstances under which the crime or offense occurred;

(4)the date of the crime or offense;

(5)the age of the individual when the crime or offense was committed;

(6)whether the crime or offense was an isolated or repeated incident;

(7)any social conditions which may have contributed to the commission of the crime or offense; and

(8)any evidence of rehabilitation, including good conduct in prison or in the community, counseling or psychiatric treatment received, acquisition of additional academic or vocational schooling, successful participation in correctional work-release programs, or the recommendation of those who have had the individual under their supervision.

L.2005,c.206,s.7.


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