Published in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, this Clinical Report presents an overview of the laws and regulations of laser operation in each of the 50 states.
The laws and regulations governing laser operation in the United States are vague, complex, and vary state‐to‐state. The objective of this study is to present an overview of the laws and regulations of laser operation in each of the 50 states. We performed an extensive online search of the law in each of the 50 states by examining multiple state cosmetology boards, state legislative boards, state nursing boards, and state medical boards. Laser regulations are best divided into three categories: delegation, supervision, and operation. Our findings demonstrate the complicated nature of the regulations covering this issue and identify a lack of regulation in numerous states.
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