Laser Hair Removal
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TDLR issues certificates of registration to laser hair removal facilities, qualified individuals who perform laser hair removal procedures, and agency-accepted training programs within the state of Texas.
Certified individuals must meet the necessary requirements of classroom training as well as completion of the required procedures and examinations.
TDLR does not regulate Laser Hair Removal performed in a licensed hospital, a clinic owned or operated by a licensed hospital, or a facility owned or operated by a physician for the practice of medicine. Please refer to the Department of State Health Services website on Radiation Control - Laser and Laser Device Services Registration.
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News and Updates
TDLR Health Monitor - Q1, 2018
February 21, 2018
TDLR publishes the TDLR Health Monitor, a quarterly newsletter with news and information about the health and medical-related programs under the TDLR umbrella. This issue was published on February 16, 2018 and you can read it online.
Proposed Repeal of Duplicate Laser Hair Removal Administrative Rules
February 2, 2018
The Texas Legislature enacted Senate Bill 202 (S.B. 202), 84th Legislature, Regular Session (2015), which transferred regulation of the Laser Hair Removal program from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (Department).
To complete the implementation of S.B. 202, the Department transferred the previous Laser Hair Removal program rules from Title 25, Chapter 289, Subchapter G to Title 16, Chapter 148. The Department is now proposing the repeal of the transferred rules located at Chapter 148, §148.2. The rules proposed for repeal are obsolete.
On August 18, 2017, the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation (Commission) adopted its own set of rules for the Laser Hair Removal program located at 16 TAC, Chapter 118. The Commission’s rules were effective November 1, 2017, (42 TexReg 4815).
This proposed repeal does NOT affect the current Laser Hair Removal program rules which were adopted by the Commission on August 18, 2017, located at Title 16, Chapter 118.
The proposed repeal of the transferred rules is published in the February 2, 2018, issue of the Texas Register (43 TexReg 513). The Department will accept comments on the proposal until March 5, 2018.
TDLR Health Monitor - Q4, 2017
November 2, 2017
TDLR publishes the TDLR Health Monitor, a quarterly newsletter with news and information about the health and medical-related programs under the TDLR umbrella. The first issue was published on November 2, 2017 and you can read it online.
Justification For Administrative Rules
September 15, 2017
The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation adopted new rules regarding the Laser Hair Removal program (16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 118, §§118.1 - 118.3, 118.10, 118.20, 118.30 - 118.35, 118.40, 118.50, 118.60, 118.61, 118.70, 118.71, 118.80, 118.90, 118.91, 118.100 and 118.110).
The adoption justification may be viewed on the Laser Hair Removal Justification For Administrative Rule Adoption page. The adopted rule chapter will be made available upon its effective date of November 1, 2017.
Health Professions Transition FAQs
1. When did the transfer happen?
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) assumed all activities relating to the Laser Hair Removal program including licenses and renewals, customer service and enforcement on November 1, 2017.
2. Now that the transfer is complete, will I need to get a new license issued by TDLR?
No. The license you have now, issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), remains valid until its expiration date. When you renew, you will receive a TDLR license.
3. Have the rules changed?
Yes, TDLR adopted rules for all of the transferred programs. Most of the newly adopted rules are very similar, but some changes have been made. The TDLR health profession rules became effective on November 1, 2017.
4. What is going to happen with open complaints and cases?
If you filed a complaint with DSHS or had a complaint filed against your license and it was not resolved by the transfer date, TDLR assumed responsibility for the case. You should have already received notification by mail that your complaint was transferred to TDLR.
5. How do I stay informed about changes impacting me?
You have several options to stay connected:
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- Meetings - TDLR’s advisory board and Commission meetings are available to watch online live or later at your convenience.
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6. Why was my license expiration date extended? Will I have the same expiration date in the future?
To ease the transition, DSHS extended the expiration date by two months for licenses previously set to expire in September, and October, and November 2017. For example, if your original expiration date was September 30, your new expiration date is November 30. If your license was extended, you will continue to renew your license in the new expiration month in the future. Licenses in counties affected by Hurricane Harvey were also extended by DSHS.
7. Will I have to renew on a different schedule?
You will renew on the same schedule unless your license expired in August, September or October 2016. Licenses expiring in those months were extended for two months to ease the transition from DSHS to TDLR. In addition, licenses in counties affected by Hurricane Harvey were also extended by DSHS. If your license was extended, you will now renew in your new expiration month for future renewals. Your license expiration date will not return to your original expiration month.
8. Why were licensing programs transferred from DSHS to TDLR?
The transfer is the result of a change to Texas law. In 2015, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 202, which authorized the transfer of thirteen licensing programs from the DSHS to TDLR. Phase one of this transfer was completed on October 3, 2016 when seven Health-Related Profession programs went live at TDLR.