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style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="345-6-.01(1)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Comply with recognized professional standards for the practice of massage therapy and client quality of care.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="345-6-.01(1)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Represent professional qualifications truthfully and accurately, including education and professional affiliations, and provide only those services that the practitioner is qualified by education, experience, and skill to perform within recognized professional standards for the practice of massage therapy.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="345-6-.01(1)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Accurately inform clients, other health care practitioners, and the public about the scope and limitations of the practice of massage therapy, including the limitations of and contraindications for massage therapy.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="345-6-.01(1)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Refer clients to appropriate health professionals when treatment needed by the client is beyond the scope of massage therapy practice according to recognized professional standards.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="345-6-.01(1)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Perform massage therapy only after the client has given written informed and voluntary consent that is signed by the client or, if the client is a minor, signed by the client's guardian, parent, or authorized third party.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="345-6-.01(1)(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Immediately comply with the client's expressed request to refuse, modify, or terminate the performance of massage therapy, regardless of any prior consent.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="345-6-.01(1)(g)">(g)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Provide draping and treatment consistent with client safety, comfort, and privacy in compliance with recognized professional standards of massage therapy practice.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="345-6-.01(1)(h)">(h)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Refuse to treat any person or part of the body if such treatment is not lawful, does not comply with recognized professional standards of massage therapy practice, or is not in the best interest of the client.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="345-6-.01(1)(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Not violate client boundaries regarding privacy, disclosure of personal information, physical exposure, nudity, or sexual activity.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="345-6-.01(1)(j)">(j)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Not accept any gifts, compensation, or benefits that are intended to influence a referral, decision, or treatment that is not within recognized professional standards of massage therapy practice, including treatment that is not in the best interest of the client.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="345-6-.01(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Unprofessional conduct shall also include, but not be limited to, the following: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="345-6-.01(2)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Practicing massage therapy without a valid license or with an expired license;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="345-6-.01(2)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Failing to comply with requirements for professional continuing education;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="345-6-.01(2)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Performing any act which knowingly aids, assists, procures, advises or encourages an unlicensed person to practice massage therapy.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="345-6-.01(2)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Failing to display a massage therapist's license certificate issued by the Board, or a photocopy thereof, in an appropriate and public manner easily and readily available for public view at each location the licensee practices;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="345-6-.01(2)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Violation of, or noncompliance with, any of the following: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="345-6-.01(2)(e)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Georgia Massage Therapy Practice Act;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="345-6-.01(2)(e)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any statutes, ordinances, or rules pertaining to the practice of massage therapy;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="345-6-.01(2)(e)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Rules promulgated by the Georgia Board of Massage Therapy;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="345-6-.01(2)(e)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any Consent Agreement entered into with the Georgia Board of Massage Therapy or other licensing board or agency; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="345-6-.01(2)(e)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any Order issued by the Georgia Board of Massage Therapy or other licensing board or agency.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="345-6-.01(2)(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Failing to maintain appropriate records and to safeguard the confidentiality of records regarding clients, their treatment, their personal information, and client referral to other medical or health professionals, unless disclosure or release of such confidential information is requested by the client in writing or is required by law.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="345-6-.01(2)(g)">(g)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Falsifying, altering, destroying, or changing records in contemplation of an investigation by the board, a governmental office, regulating agency, or lawsuit filed by a patient.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="345-6-.01(2)(h)">(h)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Using improper or unfair measures or false information to draw patronage from the practice of another massage therapy licensee.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="345-6-.01(2)(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Initiating or engaging or in any sexual conduct, sexual activities, or sexualizing behavior involving a client or pertaining to the practice of massage therapy.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="345-6-.01(2)(j)">(j)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Knowingly making misleading, deceptive, untrue or fraudulent representations in an application for licensure, reinstatement, or licensure renewal filed with the board, in a document pertaining to the practice of massage therapy, the filing of any insurance claim, or in any document in connection therewith.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="345-6-.01(2)(k)">(k)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Discriminating against clients on the basis of gender, age, race, national origin, religion, disability, or sexual preference.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/345-6-.02" name="345-6-.02" title="345-6-.02">Rule 345-6-.02 Scope of Practice of Massage Therapy Students</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="345-6-.02(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A person pursuing a course of study leading to a degree or certificate as a massage therapist in an educational program recognized by the board may engage in the practice, services, or activities of massage or massage therapy when such person is: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="345-6-.02(1)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Actively enrolled in a massage therapy program or school approved by the Board;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="345-6-.02(1)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Designated by title indicating student status and shall not represent themselves as a massage therapist or massage practitioner;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="345-6-.02(1)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Fulfilling uncompensated work experiences required for the attainment of the degree or certificate. For the purpose of this rule "uncompensated" means a person in student status may not intentionally or knowingly agree to accept any compensation, directly or indirectly, overtly or covertly, in cash or in kind, in the form of payments, gifts, tips, remuneration, recompense, or rewards to or from any person or entity for services rendered while in student status;</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="345-6-.02(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The primary responsibility for the services provided for clients by the designated student rests with the licensed massage therapist supervisor or other authorized instructor.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="345-6-.02(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Documentation of all services for clients and treatment plans must be reviewed and approved by the licensed massage therapist supervisor.</td> </tr> </table> </div> </div> </HTML> </div> <div id="toc" class="sidebar noprint"> <ul id="toc-children" class="children"><li><a href="/GAC/345-6-.01" name="345-6-.01" title="345-6-.01">Rule 345-6-.01 Professional and Unprofessional Conduct</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/345-6-.02" name="345-6-.02" title="345-6-.02">Rule 345-6-.02 Scope of Practice of Massage Therapy Students</a></li></ul> </div> </div> <!--content ends here--> <div id="footer" class="noprint"><span class="footer">Copyright &copy; 2019 Lawriter LLC - All rights reserved.</span>| <a href="mailto:support@casemakerlegal.com?subject=Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia">Email Us</a> | 844-838-0769 | <a href="http://livechat.casemakerlegal.com/client.php?locale=en" target="_blank" onclick="if(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().indexOf('opera') != -1 && window.event.preventDefault)window.event.preventDefault();this.newWindow = window.open('http://livechat.casemakerlegal.com/client.php?locale=en&url='+escape(document.location.href)+'&referrer='+escape(document.referrer), 'webim','toolbar=0,scrollbars=0,location=0,status=1,menubar=0,width=640,height=480,resizable=1');this.newWindow.focus();this.newWindow.opener=window;return false;">Live Chat</a> </div> </div> </body> </html>