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19 Pa. Code § 33.3. Name.

§ 33.3. Name.

 (a)  The requirements set forth in §  23.3 (relating to business corporation names) are not applicable to a professional corporation name if the name contains and is restricted to the name or the last name of one or more of the present, prospective or former shareholders or of individuals who were associated with a predecessor or whose individual name appeared in the name of the predecessor. The name of a professional corporation may also contain one or more of the following:

   (1)  The word ‘‘and’’ or a symbol or substitute for it.

   (2)  The word ‘‘Associates.’’

   (3)  The term ‘‘P.C.’’

 (b)  The following are examples of the provisions set forth in subsection (a):

Permitted Not Permitted
John Doe, M.D.
Doe and Roe
Doe & Roe, P.C.
Doe & Roe
Doe and Roe Associates
Doe & Roe Associates
Roe Medical Associates, Inc.
Medical Service, Inc.
Doe & Roe, P.A.

Roe Medical Associates
Medical Service
Medical Service Associates
Medical Service Associates, P.A.
Medical Service Associates, P.C.

 (c)  Section 2921(a) of the BCL (relating to corporate name) provides that a professional corporation may not adopt a name which is prohibited by law or the ethics of the profession in which the corporation is engaged or by rule or regulation of the court, department, board, commission or other government unit regulating the profession. The Department is not responsible for enforcing the provision, and under section 103(a) of the code (relating to subordination of title to regulatory laws) the filing by the Department of a document containing an improper name will not protect the incorporators and the professional corporation from disciplinary action by the authorities responsible for the regulation of the profession. See §  17.9 (relating to professional names).


   The provisions of this §  33.3 adopted April 17, 1992, effective April 18, 1992, 22 Pa.B. 1993.

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