466473613The Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) has released a proposed model practice act, along with the request that members of the massage therapy field comment upon it. The public comment period will be open until June 15.

Representatives from regulatory boards and agencies worked together as a task force to create the model practice act over a three-year period, according to a statement released by the FSMTB.

“The intent of the [model practice act] is to provide a comprehensive resource to FSMTB member boards and to assist regulators with statutory language based upon the collective wisdom of the massage regulatory community,” the statement reads. “The FSMTB is seeking constructive feedback in order to consider numerous perspectives before finalizing the document.”

The FSMTB administers the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam, and FSMTB members include 42 state massage boards or agencies, spanning the U.S. and including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

This proposed model practice act appears to support a portion of the FSMTB’s mission, which reads: [to] support efforts among Member Boards to establish compatible requirements and cooperative procedures for the legal regulation of massage therapists, in order to facilitate professional mobility and to simplify and standardize the licensing process.”

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