Sixteen months ago, the Oregon Board of Cosmetology declared an emergency and held a meeting to declare a 180 day ban on estheticians performing laser services. Estheticians around the state, physicians and consumers attended the meeting on October 15th providing testimony against the ban. The board voted to delay the ban at that time, opting to review and revise administrative language rules in a future meeting. The board appointed members of a Rules Advisory Committee to review the current rules about estheticians providing advanced treatments, including lasers and chemical peels. The Rules Advisory Committee was comprised of licensed estheticians, physicians, licensed esthetic instructors, and owners of facilities that provide laser services. This committee met and it was determined that Oregon legislation has not kept up with technology and new legislation was required. The Rules Advisory Committee formed an Ad Hoc Committee and continued its mission.
House Bill 2642 will require estheticians who operate lasers or other energy devices to become certified. It establishes a governing board, so estheticians who operate lasers will be separated from the Board of Cosmetology, which also includes hair and nail technology. See a copy of the bill here.
House Bill 2642 elevates the profession of esthetics, protects the consumer from receiving treatments from an unskilled technician and provides jobs for working women.
Please email or write your State Representative. If you don’t know who your state representative is, you can enter your zip code in this link and find out. https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/FindYourLegislator/leg-districts.html
Send a message to state representative that you support Oregon House Bill 2642 and to please vote YES. Your message will be important to protect consumers and estheticians who operate lasers in Oregon.
The Board of Cosmetology is meeting on January 26th at 9:00 AM in Salem. Please attend this meeting. Your attendance signals to the Board that you are paying attention to what is happening.
Also, help us out and forward this message to other estheticians to get the word out!
Questions? Mary Nielsen from Spectrum Advanced Asthetics was fundamental in helping support Estheticians with the creation of this Bill. She is happy to answer questions about it. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org