WSR 19-03-046
[Filed January 9, 2019, 8:51 a.m.]
Original Notice.
Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 18-10-103.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 246-831-040 Educational requirements (certified reflexologists), the department of health (department) is proposing amendments to clarify, streamline, and modernize regulations.
Hearing Location(s): On February 27, 2019, at 9:00 a.m., at the Department of Health, Town Center 2, Conference Room 158, 111 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA 98501.
Date of Intended Adoption: March 4, 2019.
Submit Written Comments to: Brandon Williams, Department of Health, P.O. Box 47852, Olympia, WA 98504-7852, email, fax 360-236-2901, by February 27, 2019.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Brandon Williams, phone 360-236-3203, fax 360-236-2901, TTY 360-833-6388 or 711, email, by February 20, 2019.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The proposed amendments were suggested to the department by the state reflexology association. The language was proposed in order to establish current industry terminology which is needed to bring the rules up-to-date.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: The proposal clarifies that schools are required to have a hands-on, in-person classroom setting for students and brings the terminology up-to-date to meet national standards.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 18.108.085.
Statute Being Implemented: RCW 18.108.070.
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Name of Proponent: Department of health, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Brandon Williams, 111 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA 98501, 360-236-3203; Implementation and Enforcement: Kris Waidely, 111 Israel Road S.E., Tumwater, WA 98501, 360-236-4847.
A school district fiscal impact statement is not required under RCW 28A.305.135.
A cost-benefit analysis is required under RCW 34.05.328. A preliminary cost-benefit analysis may be obtained by contacting Brandon Williams, Department of Health, P.O. Box 47852, Olympia, WA 98504-7852, phone 360-236-3203, fax 360-236-2901, TTY 360-833-6388 or 711, email
The proposed rule does not impose more-than-minor costs on businesses. Following is a summary of the agency's analysis showing how costs were calculated. The department proposes amending WAC 246-831-040 (2)(b) to include the words "in-person, classroom" to make it clearer to potential schools that this is the requirement. Current programs would not need to make any changes to their staff or classroom resources in order to accommodate this amendment. Because of this there are no additional costs associated to current or future reflexology programs.
January 8, 2019
John Wiesman, DrPH, MPH
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 13-12-044, filed 5/31/13, effective 7/1/13)
WAC 246-831-040Educational requirements.
Training in reflexology must include a minimum of two hundred hours of instruction. One hour of instruction is defined as fifty minutes of actual instructional time. The two hundred hours shall consist of the following:
(1) Thirty hours of reflexology theory, history, zones, reflex ((points))maps and relaxation response, and contraindications;
(2) Forty hours of in-person, classroom study of body systems as related to reflexology:
(a) The study of the leg, feet, hands and outer ears as structures;
(b) Hands-on palpation of landmarks and reflex points with sensory identification of palpated areas;
(c) A map of reflexes as they are anatomically reflected on the feet, hands and outer ears; and
(d) How the reflexes are affected by stimulation to the feet, hands and outer ears through hands-on experience.
(3) Thirty hours of anatomy and physiology;
(4) Five hours of business practice involving ethics, business standards and local/state laws and ordinances pertaining to the practice of reflexology;
(5) Twenty-five hours or more of supervised practicum or clinical work; and
(6) Seventy hours of additional ((homework hours that can include giving and))course work which can include the practice of documenting client reflexology sessions ((as well as other written work)).