• (a) In addition to other powers and duties, the commissioner has the authority to:

    • Terms Used In Tennessee Code 63-26-119

      • Commissioner: means the commissioner of health and includes designees of the commissioner of health. See Tennessee Code 63-26-102
      • Electrology: means the art and practice relating to the removal of hair from the normal skin of the human body by application of an electric current to the hair papilla by means of a needle or needles so as to cause growth inactivity of the hair papilla and thus permanently remove the hair. See Tennessee Code 63-26-102
      • Fraud: Intentional deception resulting in injury to another.
      • State: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105

      (1) Set standards by which an electrology education program may be approved;

    • (2) Review with the state board of education and the Tennessee higher education commission a progressive electrology education program in the state;

    • (3) Evaluate the need for such programs in the geographical area in which the electrology program will be located;

    • (4) Approve and license institutions in this state that meet the requirements of the electrology education program;

    • (5) Maintain a list of the institutions offering electrology education programs approved by the commissioner; and

    • (6) Remove an institution from the list of institutions that offer approved electrology education if the institution:

      • (A) Is guilty of fraud or deceit in obtaining or attempting to obtain approval;

      • (B) Acts in a manner not consistent with generally accepted standards for the practice of electrology;

      • (C) Violates standards set under this chapter and fails to correct the violation in a reasonable time after notice has been given;

      • (D) No longer operates a program that is approved under this chapter; or

      • (E) Promotes electrology in a manner that the commissioner determines is unreasonable, misleading or fraudulent.

  • (b) The commissioner shall monitor fraudulent or deceptive promotion of permanent hair removal procedures.