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The Health Licensing Office (HLO) is seeking certified advanced estheticians to serve as subject matter experts (SMEs) for complaint investigations. A SME is an independent contractor who assists in investigations of and cases against uncertified individuals performing advanced nonablative esthetics and advanced estheticians. SMEs may be called upon to assist the HLO in various ways, such as: examining complaints to determine whether certain services or use of devices are in the scope of practice of advanced nonablative esthetic services, working with a HLO investigator when investigating certification holders, providing opinions about community standards, and competently testifying during hearings.
The following information provides a summary of the past policies related to the scope of practice for esthetics and advanced esthetics since 2015. The information also highlights HB 2079, which passed during the 2021 Legislative Session and how the Health Licensing Office, the Board of Certified Advanced Estheticians and the Board of Cosmetology will move forward in implementing the requirements of the bill including collaboratively defining the term “device" within both the esthetics and advanced esthetics profession.
The Health Licensing Office (Office), Board of Cosmetology (COS) and Board of Certified Advanced Estheticians (CAE) are currently seeking interested parties to serve as experts on three different Rules Advisory Committees (RAC). RAC's provide an opportunity for external experts, individuals, entities and advocates to provide input and recommendations to the governing body(s) during the rulemaking process.
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The following is an overview of 2021 Legislation that may impact the profession of cosmetology:
HB 2970 Defines “devices" for purposes of estheticians certified under the Board of Cosmetology. Clarifies the scope of practice for estheticians by outlining what mechanical and electrical appliances including galvanic current, high-frequency, microcurrents, light-emitting diode therapy and microdermabrasion that do not penetrate beyond the epidermis, except through natural physiological effects can be used. Adds specific procedures to esthetics scope of practice including eyebrows and eyelash services and varying temporary hair removal. Clarifies the scope of practice for advanced estheticians by outlining specific devices by the United States Food and Drug Administration.
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