WSR 17-18-110
[Filed September 6, 2017, 11:25 a.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 246-830-005, 246-830-020, 246-830-035, 246-830-037, 246-830-420, 246-830-430, 246-830-440, 246-830-475, 246-830-550, 246-830-555, 246-830-560, 246-830-565 and 246-830-570, massage practitioners. The department of health (department), in coordination with the board of massage (board), is considering revising sections of the massage practitioner rules following the chapter review that became effective July 30, 2017. The department and board will consider revising training hours, continuing education, approval of schools and programs, perineal massage, recordkeeping and record retention. The board and department will also consider clarifying other rules as needed.
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: The identified sections of chapter 246-830 WAC are being opened in response to a rules petition from the American Massage Therapy Association-WA chapter regarding follow-up amendments to the recent chapter review. In response to the petition the department and board will consider revisions concerning continuing education, approval of schools and programs, perineal massage, recordkeeping and record retention. During the chapter review, the board agreed to postpone revisions to the training section to allow time for research to determine if additional training hours are necessary for public protection.
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 Megan Maxey, P.O. Box 47852, Olympia, WA 98504-7852, phone 360-236-4945, fax 360-236-2901, TTY 360-833-6388 or 711, email, web site
Additional comments: All notices will be sent to the public through the board of massage's distribution list. Interested parties can join the distribution list at
September 6, 2017
John Wiesman, DrPH, MPH
Blake T. Maresh, MPA
Executive Director