No member of a board or any individual acting on behalf of the board of any profession or occupation classified under the laws of the State of Arkansas as a profession of the healing arts shall be liable in damages to any person for slander, libel, defamation of character, breach of any privileged communication, or otherwise for any action taken or recommendation made within the scope of the functions of the board if the board member or the individual acting on behalf of the board acts without malice and in the reasonable belief that the action or recommendation is warranted by the facts known to him or her after a reasonable effort is made to obtain the facts on which the action is taken or the recommendation is made.
Acts 1977, No. 275, § 1; A.S.A. 1947, § 72-143; Acts 1995, No. 1124, § 1.