On July 6, 2021 the Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs issued
Administrative Order 2021-17, which supersedes and replaces DCA AO 2021-13. DCA AO 2021-17 removes a majority of the restrictions established by DCA AO 2021-13, including the requirements for staff screening.
Though the Administrative Order eliminates or relaxes many requirements, all licensees and owners of premises subject to regulation by the Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy must continue to practice in accordance with the laws and regulations of their respective boards, unless specifically waived or modified during the state of emergency.
Additionally, due to the
rescission of Office of Emergency Management Administrative Order 2020-10, licensees of the Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy are no longer prohibited from providing services in their own homes or the homes of others, including clients.
Licensees should review the
Order closely for more information on the requirements for the provision of personal care services. The Division has also issued
guidance that may be helpful to licensees.
The New Jersey Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy licenses massage and body work therapists and massage and body work therapist employers.
The purpose of the Board is to:
- protect the health, safety and welfare of the people of New Jersey;
- regulate the practice of massage and body work therapy; and
- ensure that massage and body work therapy is performed in compliance with State law.
The Board protects the public by:
- making sure that massage and body work therapists meet all educational requirements for licensure;
- investigating and prosecuting massage and body work therapists who have broken the state's consumer protection laws; and
- requiring all massage and body work therapists to be licensed by the state and to renew their licenses every two years.