Legislative Tracking and Research
We actively track legislation making its way through all fifty statehouses on a continuous basis. Using Thomson Reuters' Capitol Watch tracking program, we monitor legislative movement within our member board and agency states to ensure that we are able to be pro-active in our efforts to help our member boards when they ask for assistance. In tracking this legislation, we maintain lines of communication with our member boards to ensure we know how to best support them in their legislative or rule-making endeavors.
Counsel and Support
Member boards and agencies seek information with regard to known best practices in the regulation of the massage and bodywork profession. Often times, this information is best derived through what fellow member state boards or agencies are operating from. We are kept apprised of the regulatory rules and governing statutes of our member boards—thus having a broad understanding of what works best for the interest of public protection. Should your board or agency be affected by proposed legislation, be attempting to advance legislation, or seek advice on implementation of new regulatory language, we are available to provide counsel and support as deemed appropriate given our role in the regulatory arena, our non-profit status, and the recommendations of the Model Massage Therapy Practice Act.
Model Massage Therapy Practice Act
A culmination of 42 months of work by the FSMTB Model Practice Task Force, the MPA acts as a comprehensive resource to FSMTB members to assist them with statutory language based on best practices from the massage therapy regulatory community. Members are encouraged to use this document as a first-line resource when considering changes to their governing statutory language or state regulatory environment.
FSMTB License Renewal Recommendation
Each state regulates massage therapy based on their own needs to meet their mandate of public protection. Consequently, each state has their own requirements to obtain and retain licensure within their specific jurisdiction.
Licensure and Certification Understanding
Governmental licensing is often confused with private credentialing, generally referred to as certification, because the meanings of the terms are frequently interchanged. Although some jurisdictions use the term certification as signifying governmental authority to practice a profession, the difference between licensure and certification is essentially the difference between governmental regulation and self-regulation of a profession. For more information on the differences between licensure and certification, please examine the differences as outlined in this resource document.