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IASI Law & Regulation
The IASI L&R Committee tracks existing and proposed state/federal legislation and regulation in the U.S. pertaining to structural integration and assesses the regulated status of practitioners in other countries as needed. The L&R committee also provides information and advice to members about the impact of law and regulation on their practice, recommends policy and/or position statements to the IASI board, and assists with implementation as requested.
The IASI Law and Regulation Committee is continuously working to support SI practitioners as law and regulatory issues arise and strives to increase awareness that SI is a distinct profession. We do this best with the help of individual practitioners who are willing to get involved in their own states. We can make the most impact and the biggest changes by showing up at board meetings, becoming a familiar face, making contacts, and asking to join in the discussion. Building local relationships with regulators will be a huge asset, if and when regulatory or legislative change is the best solution.
Who makes a good representative for SI with regulatory boards and legislators?
The most important character traits for an SI representative advocating at state meetings are listening and humility. Keeping an open mind, listening to what the board, agency, or other state officials are saying and observing what they are doing will allow you to engage them in a meaningful way on behalf of our profession.
Lawmakers' and regulators' prime responsibility is to protect the public. Members of regulatory boards are in the position of balancing the best interest of the public against the facility of their own practices. This may put them at odds with those they regulate. Keeping this in mind can help as you build mutually respectful relationships. We can best represent our profession by finding ways to achieve appropriate regulation for SI while helping regulators accomplish their goal of protecting the public.
Keep in mind: our work is different than other manual therapies; not better. It is these differences that call for different and appropriate regulation.
So, are you interested in being more involved in what is going on in YOUR state? How involved do you want to be?
The IASI Law & Regulation committee can help you if you want to know what’s going on, if you want to get involved and be a voice, if you want to work to make changes in your state, or if you want to take a leadership role. This webpage aims to provide information so you can feel informed and confident.
There are many ways to become active:
1. Get informed.
You can become well-informed about the laws and current legislative activities that may have an impact on SI in your state. Just click on your state below and it will take you to a page that will give you as much information as we currently have on that state.
2. Show up.
If you decide you want to attend your state board meetings, we want to prepare you with as much information as we can, even if you decide only to go, listen, and report back to IASI. In fact, the best way to begin is by attending a meeting and observing and making contacts. Things you should read before you go:
3. Make a change.
Every state has unique laws and regulations and will need a customized approach for effective change. Usually, however, the best way to start to make changes is by addressing the board or requesting an audience. Here is a template for how you could prepare and a list of things to include in an information packet.
4. What do you say to the board?
5. Interested in getting more involved?
Click on your state and find out what the Laws are in your state and all the contact information you will need to show up and be present in the process. Read more for more in-depth specifications on the laws and regulations for Structural Integrators by state.
Even in states where we are unregulated we should occasionally review the massage board meetings so that we are prepared if changes to that start to come up. If you have any individual questions please feel free to contact Deborah Nimmons, Law and Regulation Committee Chair, IASI Board of Directors.
This content is not intended as legal advice, but only as a starting point for researching regulation of SI in the 50 United States. Practitioners must do their own research and make their own determination as to whether they need a license and what kind of license they need to practice legally.