64B8-51.006. Rule Governing Licensure and Inspection of Electrology Facilities  


Effective on Tuesday, December 31, 2019
  • 1(1) Definitions. An electrology facility is that portion of any establishment or place wherein electrolysis is performed. An electrology facility may be part of a residence.

    27(2) Electrology Facility Licensure.

    31(a) 32The owner of an electrology facility is required to obtain a license for the electrology facility. However, physicians licensed under Chapter 458 or 459, F.S., who are operating an electrology facility on the premises of their medical practice location are not required to obtain an electrology facility license and electrologists employed by physicians licensed under Chapter 458 or 459, F.S., and practicing at the physician’s medical practice location are not required to obtain an electrology facility license109.

    110(b) To obtain the license, the applicant shall provide information to the Department as required by this rule on a form provided by the Department and approved and incorporated herein by reference by the Board as Form DH-MQA 1213, entitled “State of Florida Application for Electrolysis Facility Licensure – 159New Facility or New Ownership” (revised 08/02/2019), 166which can be obtained from 171http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-11259, 173or the Department at The Florida Department of Health, Electrolysis Council, Bald Cypress Way, Bin #C05, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3256. The applicant must pay a $100 application fee, which is nonrefundable, $100 inspection fee, $100 licensure fee and a $5.00 unlicensed activity fee.

    215(3) Electrology Facility Safety and Sanitary Requirements. 222Paragraph (a) of this subsection applies to all electrology facilities regardless of the modalities used. Paragraph (b) of this rule applies to electrology facilities where epilators are used. Paragraph (c) of this rule applies to electrology facilities where laser or light-based equipment is used.

    266(a) 267Listed below are requirements to be followed, and material and equipment to be available, at each electrology facility where epilators or lasers/light-based equipment is used292.

    2931. 294At the time of services, each client shall be protected from view of the public, and any other clients at the facility316. This requirement shall not apply 322when electrolysis training is undertaken in accordance with a training program approved by the Electrolysis Council338.

    3392. There shall be a 344toilet and 346sink with hot and cold running water 353available to 355the electrology facility. 358The toilet and sink shall be kept clean and in working order when the electrology facility is open for business378.

    3793. 380Electrolysis shall be conducted on a 386treatment table or treatment chair with a non-porous surface capable of being disinfected.

    3994. The following supplies and equipment shall always be available at the electrology facility:

    413a. Disposable paper drapes or sanitary cloth drapes stored in a closed container or compartment,

    428b. Sanitary waste receptacles for the disposal of used gloves, paper supplies, cotton balls, and other noninfectious items,

    446c. Single use, disposable towels,

    451d. A treatment lamp or magnifier lamp capable of being cleaned with disinfectant,

    464e. A magnifying device which shall be a magnifier lamp, optical loupe or microscope capable of being cleaned and disinfected,

    484f. Tuberculocidal hospital grade disinfectant registered by the Environmental Protection Agency, household bleach or wiping cloths pre-saturated with disinfectant for wiping non-porous surfaces,

    507g. Betadine, 3% U.S. Pharmaceutical grade hydrogen peroxide, or 70% isopropyl alcohol, or wrapped single use wipes saturated with 70% isopropyl alcohol,

    529h. Clean, non-sterile materials such as cotton balls, cotton strips, cotton swabs, gauze pads, and gauze strips,

    546i. If cloth towels are used, they shall be 555cleaned prior to use on each client and 563stored in a closed container or compartment. 570Used cloths shall be kept in a separate closed container,

    580j. A holding container for soaking and cleaning contaminated instruments; and,

    591k. Non-sterile disposable examination gloves.

    596(b) In addition to those specified in paragraph (3)(a), the requirements to be followed, and materials and equipment to be available, at each electrology facility where epilators are used are listed below.

    6281. An FDA registered needle-type epilation device in working order,

    6382. Clean and sterile needles/probes and forceps/tweezers,

    6453. Needle holder tips,

    6494. A sharps container for disposal of used needles/probes, 658as defined in subsection 66264E-16.002(24), 663F.A.C., effective June 3, 1997, which is hereby incorporated by reference and can be obtained from 679http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-11261;

    6815. Covered containers for needles/probes and forceps/tweezers which containers are capable of being cleaned and sterilized,

    6976. A sterilizer which shall be either an autoclave or dry heat sterilizer, and color change indicators for use with either sterilizer. The endodontic dry heat “glass bead sterilizer” shall not be used for instrument sterilization; and,

    7347. Unless the facility is new, quarterly records of sterilizer biological test monitoring, which shall be made available to the Department upon request.

    757(c) In 759addition to those specified in paragraph (3)(a), the requirements to be followed, and materials and equipment to be available at each 780electrology facility where laser 784or light-based 786equipment is used for hair removal, 792are listed below.

    7951. For electrologists who have completed a Council-approved needle-type epilation training program:

    807a. Proof of certification of 30 hours of continuing education in laser hair removal from a provider approved pursuant to Rule 82864B8-52.004, 829F.A.C.; and

    831b. 832P833roof of 835having passed the Society for Clinical and Medical Hair Removal test for 847certification as a Certified Medical Electrologist.

    8532. For electrologists who have completed a Council-approved combined needle-type epilation, laser and light-based hair removal training program:

    871a. Proof of completion from a combined training program; and

    881b. Proof of having passed the epilator and laser and light-based combined exam.

    8943. For devices required to be registered, proof of registration for each laser or light-based device in use at the facility as required by Section 919501.122, F.S.

    9214. Written designation of laser safety officer.

    9285. A room or rooms specifically designated for use of the laser or light-based equipment which is where all use of such equipment shall take place.

    9546. Sign on door of laser room 961identifying when laser or light-based equipment is in use970.

    9717. Lock on door of laser room.

    9788. Protective eyewear 981capable of being cleaned and disinfected shall be used by 991all persons in laser room during operation of laser 1000or light-based equipment1003.

    10049. Fire extinguisher in vicinity of laser room.

    101210. Cold water and ice.

    101711. The written protocols required by paragraph 102464B8-56.002(4)(a), 1025F.A.C.

    1026(4) The following documents shall be available in each electrology facility:

    1037(a) The electrology facility license, which shall be visible to the public;

    1049(b) The current license of the electrologist, which shall be visible to the public;

    1063(c) The most recent inspection sheet from the Department of Health;

    1074(d) A current copy of Rule 108064B8-51.006, 1081F.A.C.; and,

    1083(e) An appointment book shall be maintained and kept on the electrology facility premises which lists the name of each person who has received treatment. The appointment book shall be maintained for four (4) years. The appointment book may be an electronic record.

    1126(5) Inspections. The Department shall inspect all electrology facilities in the following manner:

    1139(a) All licensed facilities shall be inspected once per biennium.

    1149(b) All facilities applying for initial licensure shall be inspected prior to licensure.

    1162(c) When an existing electrology facility adds a modality, either epilator or laser/light-based equipment, or switches from one of those modalities to the other, an inspection shall be conducted to determine whether the facility has properly registered equipment and the proper safety and sanitary equipment and materials. The electrology facility shall notify the Department of the new modality by submitting to the Executive Director of the Electrolysis Council the form provided by the Council and approved and incorporated herein by the Board by reference as Form DH5008-MQA-09/2015, entitled “Application for Inspection for Adding or Switching to a New Electrology Modality” (revised 12-02-2016), which can be obtained from 1269http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-07895, 1271or 1272http://www.floridahealth.gov/licensing-and-regulation/electrolysis/, 1273or the Department at The Florida Department of Health, Electrolysis Council, Bald Cypress Way, Bin #C05, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3256. 1292The facility must pass an inspection prior to implementing the new modality.

    1304(6) Transfer of Ownership or Location of the Electrology Facility.

    1314(a) No license for an electrology facility may be transferred from the name of the original licensee to another. 1333If a facility is sold, the new owner must apply to the Department for licensure and no electrolysis services may be performed in the facility after the sale until the new owner has received the required license from the Department. A person purchasing an electrology facility may apply to the Department for licensure prior to the date of purchase.

    1392(b) An electrology facility license may be transferred from one location to another only upon approval by the Department which approval shall be granted upon compliance with all requirements set out below in subparagraphs 1. through 3. Only the licenses for electrology facilities which have passed inspection at the original location are eligible for transfer to another location. In order to begin practice at the new location, the electrology facility license holder must first perform all of the following procedures:

    14721. File a completed application for transfer prior to the date of the transfer on a form prescribed by the Department, 1493and approved and incorporated herein by reference by the Board as Form DH5018-MQA-07/2016, entitled “State of Florida Application for Transfer of Electrolysis Facility Location” (revised 08/02/2019), which can be obtained from 1524http://www.flrules.org/Gateway/reference.asp?No=Ref-11260, 1526or the Department at the Florida Department of Health, Electrolysis Council, Bald Cypress Way, Bin #C05, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3256, 1545which application must be processed by the Council office,

    15542. Surrender the current license with the application; and,

    15633. Pay $100 to have the new location inspected to determine compliance with Rule 157764B8-51.006, 1578F.A.C. The electrology facility license holder transferring the license shall be permitted to perform electrolysis in the new facility, only after the application has been processed by the Council office and notification provided to the licensee, prior to inspection for a period of 60 days commencing with the first day electrolysis is performed in the new facility. The required inspection must be performed within the 60 day period or electrolysis services must cease until the inspection is performed.

    1656(7) Renewal of Facility Licensure. Facility licensure shall be renewed at the end of each biennium prescribed by the Department. The licensee shall receive ninety (90) days notice of the need to renew the facility license. The notice shall be sent to the licensee at the last known address of the facility. Failure to receive the notice will not excuse the licensee from the requirement to renew the facility license, and failure to renew shall result in the license becoming delinquent. If the delinquent licensee does not apply for renewal of the license within six months of the license becoming delinquent, the license shall become null and any subsequent licensure shall be as a result of applying and meeting all requirements for new licensure. A facility may not operate without a license. To timely renew the facility license, including the six month “grace period” provided for, the licensee must pay the renewal fee of $100 and the inspection fee of $100.

    1817Rulemaking Authority 1819456.037, 1820478.43(1), 1821(4), 1822478.51(3), 1823(11) FS. Law Implemented 1827456.037, 1828456.0635, 1829458.348(2), 1830478.43, 1831478.49, 1832478.51, 1833478.55 FS. 1835History–New 11-16-93, Formerly 61F6-76.006, Amended 5-11-95, 6-26-96, Formerly 59R-51.006, Amended 12-23-97, 12-22-98, 2-17-00, 3-25-01, 4-8-02, 6-16-03, 7-29-10, 6-19-13, 12-25-14, 2-16-17, 9-11-18, 12-31-19.