New Idaho Bill Would Define Who May Inject

Posted By American Med Spa Association, Monday, January 27, 2020

A new bill in Idaho would define who is able to provide cosmetic injections. It is sponsored by the Senate Commerce and Human Resources Committee and is known as Senate Bill 1252 (S 1252); you can review the text of the bill in full here. It has had its first reading before the Senate and awaits assignment to a committee for further consideration.
S 1252 would strictly define who may perform cosmetic injection procedures on the head and neck of a patient. If passed, this new section would be known as the “Idaho Injectable Cosmetic Safety Act” and would cover the use of “cosmetic treatments” including neuromodulators, such as Botox, and dermal tissue fillers, such as hyaluronic acid. Under current Idaho rules, a physician may delegate these types of procedures to other trained and competent persons, both licensed and unlicensed; under S 1252, these “cosmetic treatments” could only be performed by the following licensees acting within their statutory scope of practice:
These licensed professionals are, in turn, expressly prohibited from delegating the procedure to anyone not authorized by S 1252. Violation of the Idaho Injectable Cosmetic Safety Act would be a misdemeanor offense.
Nationally, laws that directly address cosmetic injections are relatively rare, though this type of legislation has become more common in recent years as the number of untrained providers and the frequency of unsupervised procedures and patient harm have brought attention to the issue.
We will be monitoring S 1252 as it works its way through Idaho’s legislative process this year.