PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Amending chapter 246-830 WAC regarding requirements for intraoral massage.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapter 18.108 RCW as amended by SHB 1397 (chapter 272, Laws of 2007).
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: SHB 1397 (chapter 272, Laws of 2007) passed during the 2007 legislative session expands the scope of practice for massage therapy to include "manipulation or pressure inside the mouth or oral cavity." Rules are required to identify the training required for a massage practitioner to apply for an endorsement to perform intraoral massage.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.
Process for Developing New Rule: Collaborative rule making.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Department of Health, Board of Massage, P.O. Box 47867, Olympia, WA 98504-7867, (360) 236-4847, fax (360) 644-9077, firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 8, 2007