Vol. 35 Iss. 23 - July 08, 2019

Chapter 30
Final Regulation

Title of Regulation: 18VAC90-30. Regulations Governing the Licensure of Nurse Practitioners (adding 18VAC90-30-124).

Statutory Authority: §§ 54.1-2400 and 54.1-2957 of the Code of Virginia.

Effective Date: August 7, 2019.

Agency Contact: Jay P. Douglas, R.N., Executive Director, Board of Nursing, 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300, Richmond, VA 23233-1463, telephone (804) 367-4520, FAX (804) 527-4455, or email


Consistent with Chapter 390 of the 2017 Acts of Assembly, the action (i) requires that laser hair removal must be performed by a "properly trained person" who is a licensee or by a "properly trained person under the direction and supervision" of a doctor, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner and (ii) provides a regulatory framework for such direction and supervision.

Summary of Public Comments and Agency's Response: No public comments were received by the promulgating agency.

18VAC90-30-124. Direction and supervision of laser hair removal.

A. A nurse practitioner, as authorized pursuant to § 54.1-2957 of the Code of Virginia, may perform or supervise the performance of laser hair removal upon completion of training in the following:

1. Skin physiology and histology;

2. Skin type and appropriate patient selection;

3. Laser safety;

4. Operation of laser device to be used;

5. Recognition of potential complications and response to any actual complication resulting from a laser hair removal treatment; and

6. A minimum number of 10 proctored patient cases with demonstrated competency in treating various skin types.

B. Nurse practitioners who have been performing laser hair removal prior to(the effective date of this regulation) August 7, 2019, ] are not required to complete the training specified in subsection A of this section.

C. A nurse practitioner who delegates the practice of laser hair removal and provides supervision for such practice shall ensure the supervised person has completed the training required in subsection A of this section.

D. A nurse practitioner who performs laser hair removal or who supervises others in the practice shall receive ongoing training as necessary to maintain competency in new techniques and laser devices. The nurse practitioner shall ensure that persons the nurse practitioner supervises also receive ongoing training to maintain competency.

E. A nurse practitioner may delegate laser hair removal to a properly trained person under the nurse practitioner's direction and supervision. Direction and supervision shall mean that the nurse practitioner is readily available at the time laser hair removal is being performed. The supervising nurse practitioner is not required to be physically present but is required to see and evaluate a patient for whom the treatment has resulted in complications prior to the continuance of laser hair removal treatment.

F. Prescribing of medication shall be in accordance with § 54.1-3303 of the Code of Virginia.

VA.R. Doc. No. R18-5221; Filed June 14, 2019, 12:41 p.m.