Medical Spa Investigations: What You Need To Know

Posted By American Med Spa Association, Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Compliance in medical spas is more important than ever; however, it’s also never been more difficult. It’s often hard to isolate just what is required of you as a medical spa amidst the web of several different licensing boards, patient privacy laws, ownership restrictions, anti-kickback laws and more—all of which can vary by state. This is in addition to U. S. Food and Drug Administ­ration (FDA) and United States Drug Enforcement Administ­ration (DEA) regulations depending on the treatments offered at your facility. 
To add to this complexity, as the medical spa industry continues its rapid growth, the industry is drawing more attention from regulators. Just this year, the industry has seen stricter enforcement when it comes to issues, such as microneedling, the importation of fake Botox and the unauthorized practice of medicine. 
What Will Draw an Investig­ation?
It’s often not easy to predict whether or not you will be investigated. Many medical spas operate in gray areas today with seemingly little consequence because regulatory agencies don’t have the resources to constantly oversee a rapidly growing industry. Inspections are often complaint-driven, and the four most likely source of complaints are:
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