Arkansas State Board of Massage Therapy 

New Arkansas Massage Therapy Law - Act 1020 of 2015

Act 1020 of 2015 was signed into law by Governor Asa Hutchinson on April 6, 2015. The law abolishes the Arkansas State Board of Massage Therapy and transfers it to the State Board of  Health and the Arkansas Department of Health. The Act also creates the Massage Therapy Technical Advisory Committee.

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Cupping Statement
Massage Therapy Law
Rules and Regulations for Massage Therapy in Arkansas

Meeting Dates
March 13, 2017
June 12, 2017
September 11, 2017
December 11, 2017

Minutes
June 6, 2016

CEU Courses - PDF

Most provisions of Act 1020 went into effect on October 1, 2015. There is nothing you need to do at this time. We will keep you informed about developments as they occur.

Important Provisions of Act 1020:

  1. Massage Therapy Technical Advisory Committee (Section 8). The State Board of Health will appoint a seven (7) member Massage Therapy Technical Advisory Committee (MTTAC). Each member’s term shall be three (3) years. Six (6) of the members must be licensees. Only one (1) of these may be the owner of a massage therapy school. The remaining member represents the public and cannot be engaged in or retired from the practice of massage therapy.
  2. Postsecondary Schools. Two provisions of Act 1020, Sections 6 and 18, regard establishing the curriculum for postsecondary schools and go into effect immediately. According to these Sections, the State Board of Massage Therapy must establish a standard educational curriculum for massage therapy schools and the curriculum must distinguish between secondary and postsecondary educational requirements. The State Board of Massage Therapy will do this by Rulemaking. The Board of Health will approve this curriculum. 
  3. Renewals. All massage therapists, school owners, clinics, spas, etc., must continue to renew licenses and submit fees according to current law. Until further notice, please continue to submit your payments and renewal information to:

Arkansas Department of Health
Cosmetology Section
4815 W Markham Slot 8
Little Rock, AR 72205

We will continue to keep you informed about what you will need to do as this transition occurs. In the meantime, please continue to follow current Arkansas Massage Therapy law. We encourage you to read over Act 1020, since it directly impacts you and your profession. Act 1020 can be found at:

http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2015/2015R/Pages/BillInformation.aspx?measureno=SB145

If you have any questions, please contact Kelli Kersey, kelli.kersey@arkansas.gov

Sincerely,

Kelli Kersey
Section Chief