About the Medical Spa Safety Coalition

The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association (ASDSA) has launched the Medical Spa Safety Coalition to bolster efforts to protect patients who visit medical spas for cosmetic medical procedures. The Coalition will work to promote the “Medical Spa Safety Act” model legislation and raise awareness about the lack of regulation in the medical spa industry and the dangers it can pose to patients.

This model legislation was created after physicians voiced concern about non-physicians treating patients in these facilities and state medical associations asking for a definition of “medical spa.”

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Coalition Members include:

  • Alabama Dermatology Society
  • American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association
  • American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery
  • Arizona Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery Society
  • California Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery (CalDerm)
  • Colorado Dermatologic Society
  • Georgia Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery
  • Illinois Dermatological Society
  • Iowa Dermatological Society
  • Massachusetts Academy of Dermatology
  • Maryland Dermatologic Society
  • Missouri Dermatological Society Association
  • Nebraska Dermatology Society
  • Ohio Dermatological Association
  • Rhode Island Dermatology Society
  • Texas Dermatological Society
  • Virginia Dermatology Society

Highlights of the model bill include:

•    Clear definitions of medical spa and medical director
•    Requires an on-site medical director who must be a physician trained in all procedures performed at the med spa
•    Calls for direct on-site supervision of any non-physician providers
•    Detailed education requirements
•    Optional enabling clauses include reporting adverse events to the FDA or a physician organization’s adverse event database
•    States may choose to require notifying patients if a physician is not on-site