Consumer Services Guide (CSG)

Consumer Action Edition

The Consumer Services Guide is searchable directory of resources which can help you with consumer problems and questions. There are multiple editions of the ‘Guide’, some which deal with specific issues such as housing or credit. The full directory, the Consumer Service Guide Edition, provides access to all the resources collected by Consumer Action.


Records Found: 52

    Health, Diet and Fitness

  • Acupuncture Board
    The mission of the Acupuncture Board is to protect, benefit, and inform the people of California by exercising the licensing, regulatory and enforcement mandates of the Acupuncture Licensure Act.

  • American Council on Science and Health (ACSH)
    A consumer education consortium concerned with issues related to food, nutrition, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, lifestyle, the environment and health. ACSH is an independent, nonprofit, tax-exempt organization.

  • Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA)
    APHIS is responsible for protecting and promoting U.S. agricultural health, administering the Animal Welfare Act, and carrying out wildlife damage management activities.

  • Board of Barbering and Cosmetology
    BBC's responsibilities are protecting and educating consumers who seek barbering, cosmetology, and electrology services. BBC also regulates the individuals who provide the services and the salons in which the services are performed.

  • Board of Behavioral Sciences
    The BBS is responsible for consumer protection through the regulation of Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT); Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW); Licensed Educational Psychologists (LEP); Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC); MFT Interns (IMF); Associate Clinical Social Workers (ASW); and Professional Clinical Counselor Interns (PCCI) in the State of California. It is one of the boards within the California Department of Consumer Affairs.

  • Board of Occupational Therapy
    The board licenses Occupational Therapists (OTs) and certifies Occupational Therapist Assistants (OTAs) in California. It also investigates allegations of violations of the OTPA by licensees and certificate-holders.

  • Board of Optometry
    Write to file a complaint against an optometrist.

  • Board of Pharmacy
    Investigates complaints against pharmacists and pharmacies. Send a detailed letter or call for complaint form.

  • Board of Podiatric Medicine
    The Board of Podiatric Medicine ensures protection of consumers, enforces contemporary standards and provides accurate and timely information that promotes sound consumer decision-making with regard to Doctors of Podiatric Medicine.

  • Board of Psychology
    The California Board of Psychology protects the safety and welfare of consumers of psychological services.

  • Board of Registered Nursing (BRN)
    The Board of Registered Nursing regulates the practice of registered nursing and certified advanced practice nurses in order to protect the public. The Board exists to protect the health and safety of consumers and promote quality registered nursing care in California.

  • Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians
    The mission of the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (Board) is to protect the public. Public protection is paramount to the Board and its highest priority in exercising its licensing, regulatory and disciplinary functions. Toward this end, the Board ensures that only qualified persons are licensed vocational nurses and psychiatric technicians by enforcing education requirements, standards of practice and by educating consumers…

  • Bureau of Naturopathic Medicine
    The Bureau administers the Naturopathic Doctors Act. This law specifies various standards for the licensure and regulation of naturopathic medicine that the Bureau enforces. The Committee is completely funded by application and licensing fees and its staff is responsible for answering public inquiries, analyzing licensure documents, issuing licenses, responding to correspondence, coordinating legislative, regulatory, and budgetary activities, preparing reports, and administering disciplinary and enforcement activities.

  • California - Athletic Commission
    The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) regulates professional and amateur boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts throughout the State by licensing all participants and supervising the events. The Commission is dedicated to the health, safety and welfare of participants in regulated competitive sporting events, through ethical and professional service.

  • California - Osteopathic Medical Board
    To protect consumers and promote the highest professional standards in the practice of osteopathic medicine, the Osteopathic Medical Board of California licenses osteopathic physicians and surgeons. The board investigates consumer complaints and uses its enforcement power to ensure practitioners abide by the provisions of the state Business and Professions Code/Medical Practice Act. To maintain their license, practitioners must successfully complete rigorous, periodic continuing education requirements…

  • California - Respiratory Care Board, Dept. of Consumer Affairs
    The mandate of the Respiratory Care Board is to protect and serve the consumer by administering and enforcing the Respiratory Care Practice Act and its regulations in the interest of the safe practice of respiratory care. Licensed Respiratory Care Practitioners (RCPs) regularly perform critical lifesaving and life support procedures prescribed by physicians that directly affect major organs of the body. RCPs provide care directly to…

  • Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition Information Line, (HHS)
    CFSAN, in conjunction with the Agency's field staff, is responsible for promoting and protecting the public's health by ensuring that the nation's food supply is safe, sanitary, wholesome, and honestly labeled, and that cosmetic products are safe and properly labeled. The Center provides services to consumers, domestic and foreign industry and other outside groups regarding field programs; agency administrative tasks; scientific analysis and support; and…

  • Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (USDA)
    The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion is the focal point within USDA where scientific research is linked with the nutritional needs of the American public. The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion carries out its mission by: * Developing and coordinating nutrition policy within the USDA * Assessing the cost-effectiveness of government-sponsored nutrition programs on food consumption, food expenditures, food-related behavior, and nutritional status…

  • Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)
    The nonprofit organization conducts research, education, and advocacy on nutrition, health, food safety, and related issues as well as publishes the monthly Nutrition Action Healthletter, among other publications.

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    Information about public health, disease, injury and disability. This site also includes health information for international travelers.

  • Congress Watch
    A branch of Public Citizen, Congress Watch works for consumer-related legislation, regulation, and policies in areas including health and safety and campaign finance. Publications are available. Congress Watch champions consumer interests before the U.S. Congress and serves as a government watchdog. They lobby to strengthen health, safety and environment protections; demand an end to corporate subsidies; fight to preserve citizen access to the courts to…

  • Department of Agriculture (USDA)
    * USDA leads the Federal anti-hunger effort with the Food Stamp, School Lunch, School Breakfast, and the WIC Programs. * USDA is the steward of our nation's 192 million acres of national forests and rangelands. * USDA is the country's largest conservation agency, encouraging voluntary efforts to protect soil, water, and wildlife on the 70 percent of America's lands that are in private hands. *…

  • Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
    The Department of Health and Human Services is the United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.

  • Department of Labor (DOL)
    The Department of Labor fosters and promotes the welfare of the job seekers, wage earners, and retirees of the United States by improving their working conditions, advancing their opportunities for profitable employment, protecting their retirement and health care benefits, helping employers find workers, strengthening free collective bargaining, and tracking changes in employment, prices, and other national economic measurements. In carrying out this mission, the Department…

  • Face To Face-Sonoma County Aids Network
    Providing services for people with AIDS or who are HIV positive. Bilingual (Spanish-English).


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