WSR 14-15-103
(Board of Massage Therapy)
[Filed July 18, 2014, 2:58 p.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: Chapter 246-830 WAC, Massage practitioners, the department of health, in coordination with the board of massage, is considering revising the massage practitioner chapter in order to clarify, streamline, and modernize rules.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 18.108.025 and 18.108.085.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Chapter 246-830 WAC, Massage practitioner, rules are being opened to consider clarifying, streamlining, and modernizing regulations. This may include repealing or adding new sections of rules. This will be a joint effort between the department of health (department) and the board of massage. Except for revising individual sections, a comprehensive review of this chapter has not been done since its adoption in the early 1990s. In addition, RCW 43.70.041, enacted in 2013, requires the department to review all of its existing rules every five years to identify ways to clarify or simplify existing rules.
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. Interested parties may participate in the development of draft rules prior to a formal proposal by joining the board's listserv, attending workshops, and providing input on draft and proposed materials. Interested parties can receive information on how to participate by contacting Megan Brown, Program Manager, Board of Massage, Department of Health, P.O. Box 47852, Olympia, WA 98504-7852, phone (360) 236-4945, fax (360) 236-2901, e-mail
July 17, 2014
John Wiesman, DrPH, MPH
Blake T. Maresh, MPA
Executive Director