Oklahoma Bill Would Create New Cosmetic Procedure License

Posted By American Med Spa Association, Friday, January 17, 2020

A bill in the Oklahoma House of Representatives would create a newly licensed profession for medical spas. The bill has been introduced by Representative Daniel Pae and is known as House Bill 2861 (HB 2861). You can review the text of HB 2861 in full here; it has had its first reading before the House and awaits assignment to a committee for further consideration.
HB 2861 would create new licenses and certifications issued by the Oklahoma Department of Health that would permit the holders to perform a number of cosmetic procedures. “Cosmetic procedures,” in this case, are broken into three categories, each with its own license: laser hair removal, permanent cosmetic coloring and cosmetic tattooing.
Under HB 2861, laser hair removal includes both laser and light-based treatments, and tattooing includes microneedling and microblading. The licensees are specifically prohibited from treating any sort of ailment and from practicing medicine. Additionally, the licensed practitioners would be required to practice in licensed laser hair removal, permanent cosmetic coloring or cosmetic tattooing facilities. Physician- or hospital-owned facilities are exempt from this bill.
There is a trend among many states to either move common medical spa procedures to their own license, such as with laser hair removal technicians, or expand the scope of practice of aestheticians or master aestheticians. HB 2861, while being part of this trend, is somewhat unique in creating a standalone certification for microblading and microneedling.
We will be monitoring HB 2861 as it works its way through Oklahoma’s legislative process this year. If you have questions or comments on this proposed legislation, the sponsor can be reached through his personal webpage, linked above.