The Massage and Bodywork Therapy Practice Act was enacted by the North Carolina General Assembly and signed into law on November 8, 1998 by Governor James B. Hunt, Jr. This established the legal requirement for licensure of practitioners, created the Board, and set forth the essential provisions needed to carry out this new process. This Practice Act is now part of the North Carolina General Statutes, that contain all State laws.
The seven-member Board of Massage & Bodywork Therapy (Board) began meeting monthly in April 1999 to establish the new occupational licensing agency. One of the Board's primary jobs has been to develop the Rules, that provide details of the regulatory structure. The scope of the Rules is determined by the specific language of the Practice Act, since the Board may not exceed the authority granted it by the General Assembly.
Rule making is tightly defined by law. Please refer to the Board document, Information on the Rule Making Process, for an outline of the procedures all governmental agencies in North Carolina must follow in amending current rules or adopting new rules.
In addition to the Rules, the Board has also developed a set of Guidelines that serve as a policy manual to assist the Board and its staff in its daily operations.
Once the Board issues licenses to massage and bodywork therapists, the Board is responsible for ensuring that licensees uphold their legal requirements and that the public is protected. The Board's disciplinary procedure (defined in Rules Section .0900) allows the Board to investigate alleged violations of the statutes and rules and to discipline those found to be in violation. For additional information, click Summary of Procedure for Disciplinary Hearing and List of Civil Penalties.