Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Nursing
Regulations Governing the Licensure of Massage Therapists [18 VAC 90 ‑ 50]
Action is Exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act
Conformity to 2020 legislation
Action 5569
General Information
Action Summary To conform regulations in 18VAC90-50 to changes in the Code of Virginia enacted by the 2020 General Assembly (HB1121), the Board has amended section 40 on requirements for initial licensure to clarify the requirement for completion of a massage therapy educational program that has a minimum of 500 hours of training and to specify the requirements for a foreign-trained massage therapist, including proficiency in English.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This Action is exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act. The normal executive branch review process is not required. As such, it can be submitted directly for publication and is effective upon publication.
Exempt Citation: 2.2-4006
RIS Project Yes  [006407]
Associated Mandates Criteria for licensure of massage therapists
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
9025 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 09/30/2020.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Jay P. Douglas, R.N.  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Sutie 300
Richmond, VA 23233-1463
Email Address:
Phone: (804)367-4520    FAX: (804)527-4455    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this chapter.