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Proposed Florida Bills Muddy Waters and Limit Medical Spa Supervision

Posted: April 7, 2006

Florida's House Bill 699 and Senate Bill 1216 raise questions regarding the use and governance of "aesthetic skin care services" and that suggest that physician supervision only can be a board-certified or board-eligible dermatologist (BC/BE) or plastic surgeon.

The use of similar terminology by this proposed bill is causing confusion, and implies that advanced practice nurses and physicians assistants be able to provide "aesthetic skin care services" services to the public.

The other matter of concern is the restriction of providing supervision of facilities by only a BC/BE dermatologist or plastic surgeon. The impact on facilities seems clear--no longer will a non-derm/non-plastic surgeon be able to act as a "medical director" or provide "supervision" for health care licensees. The implications if this bill is passed will greatly affect how facilities under "medical jurisdiction" or "medical spas" may operate.

The National Coalition of Estheticians, Manufacturers/Distributors & Associations (NCEA) has asked that the Florida Board of Cosmetology look into this use of similar terminology of skin care services. For concerned members that operate or will operate faciilites in the state of Florida that require medical supervision provided by someone other than a dermatologist or plastic surgeon, then you should follow-up on that portion of the bill's language.

Below is information on how to contact the Florida State Board of Cosmetology to make your voice heard.

Florida Board of Cosmetology
1940 N. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399
850-487-1395
callcenter@dbpr.state.fl.us
www.myflorida.com/dbpr/pro/cosmo/cos_index.shtml