On Thursday, August 7th, 2014, the Georgia Composite Medical Board approved and released the application and guidelines for the state’s new cosmetic laser practitioner license. The Board’s publication of the application signaled the implementation of House Bill 528, the Georgia Cosmetic Laser Services Act.
The Cosmetic Laser Services Act was originally enacted in 2007 by overwhelming majorities in both the House and Senate, but it was not implemented immediately because it stipulated that the act would become effective only when it was funded by specific act of the legislature. From 2008 to 2014, the Board included the Act in its annual budget requests In July of 2014, Governor Nathan Deal signed the budget for fiscal year 2015 that included the necessary line item to authorize the Board to begin licensing cosmetic laser practitioners as Assistant Laser Practitioners and Senior Laser Practitioners. As of December 5, 2014, the Board has issued 88 licenses.
The application and checklist can be downloaded at www.medicalboard.georgia.gov/cosmetic-laser-practitioners-applications.
Georgia Composite Medical Board, (2014). Newsletter and FY 2014 Annual Report. Vol. 2015, No. 1; http://medicalboard.georgia.gov/sites/medicalboard.georgia.gov/files/related_files/site_page/GCMB%20FY14%20Annual%20Report%20and%20Dec%202014%20Newsletter.pdf