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Only on SkinInc.com: Commentary from Susanne Warfield of the NCEA follows this news item explaining how crucial it is for spa professionals to stay active in the regulation of the esthetics field.
The Professional Beauty Association and National Cosmetology Association opposes the proposed New Hampshire House Bill 446-FN. The bill seeks to repeal the regulatory boards and authority for licensure or certification for the cosmetology, esthetics and barbering fields. Passage of the bill would have a severely detrimental impact on thousands of employed licensed professionals and more than 3,016 salon/spa establishments, as well as potentially putting consumers at risk.
Proper education and licensing of the cosmetology profession by the state is essential to ensure the welfare of the general public. Ensuring core knowledge and competency in areas such as bacteriology, sanitation, anatomy, chemistry and health is absolutely necessary to maintain confidence in the profession and safety for the consumer.
"Without certification, any individual could perform these services on the public and there would be no way to ensure individuals have the necessary training and competency," says Myra Irizarry, government affairs for the PBA/NCA.
"This law would put the livelihoods of thousands of licensed beauty professionals in New Hampshire at risk, threaten the safety of our customers and damage the reputation of an entire industry," says Laurie Ashe, owner of Hair Colour Concepts in Portsmouth.