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Electrolysis Council Vacancy

Electrolysis Council

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Have you ever wanted to have an active voice in discussing issues that affect the practice of Electrology in the State of Florida? Yes? Your opportunity is now!

The Electrolysis Council of Florida is currently soliciting applications to fill the following anticipated vacancies after October 3, 2017.

Two (2) Professional Member Vacancies
Professional members must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Be licensed electrologists, who have been actively engaged in the delivery of electrolysis services in this state for at least 4 consecutive years prior to a potential appointment; and
  • Must not be affiliated with an electrolysis school or manufacturer or supplier ofelectrolysis equipment or supplies.
How to apply:
  • Download and complete the Member Questionnaire.
  • Submit the completed questionnaire to the Florida Electrolysis Council Office, 4052 Bald Cypress Way, BIN C05, Tallahassee, FL 32399-3255. We encourage all interested persons to submit applications as soon as possible.
Important Dates:
  • September 21, 2017 - Completed questionnaires due to the Council Office.
  • October 23, 2017 – Submitted questionnaires to be reviewed by the Electrolysis Council at its regularly scheduled meeting on this date. Thereafter, the Council will make recommendations to the Florida Board of Medicine. The Board of Medicine will determine the meeting date(s) on which it will consider Council member candidates and make final appointments

What is the role of the Florida Electrolysis Council?

The Florida Electrolysis Council is created under Section 478.44, Florida Statutes, under the supervision of the Florida Board of Medicine. The Council currently is delegated the following powers and duties: approval and denial of applicants for electrologist licensure; approval and denial of electrolysis training programs and continuing education providers; authority to notice rules for development and to propose rules to the Board. The Council is also authorized to consider and make recommendations to the Board on petitions for declaratory statement and petitions to adopt, amend or repeal rules which relate to the practice of the profession.

What are the expectations for Florida Electrolysis Council members?

  • Becomes knowledgeable about the regulations governing the profession. Legal experience is not required to meet this expectation; the Council staffs an attorney which provides guidance to the Council on legal issues/questions.
  • Participates in four (4) quarterly public Council meetings via conference call per year. Members are provided with materials to be discussed no later than two weeks prior to each scheduled meeting. Members are expected to review and be prepared to discuss and vote on items such as applications for licensure, training school and continuing education providership applications and rule modifications among other items.
  • May serve as an officer or liaison for the Council. Elections for Council officer and liaison positions are conducted at the first scheduled meeting of each calendar year. Available positions include Chair, Vice-Chair, Unlicensed Activity Liaison, Budget Liaison, Education Liaison and Legislative Liaison. Note that these positions generally do not require a significant amount of time for the incumbents.
  • Observes regulations affecting service as a member on the Council. After appointment, all new members are required to undergo an orientation in which information is provided on the functions of the Council, under the Florida Board of Medicine, and important parameters for service including Florida’s Sunshine Law.

Legal References

Chapter 478.44, F.S., states that any licensed electrologist may recommend one person to fill the vacancy. The law also allows professional organizations dealing with electrolysis to recommend at least twice as many persons as the number of vacancies to be filled.

478.44 Electrolysis Council; creation; function; powers and duties.--
(1) There is created the Electrolysis Council under the supervision of the board.

(2)(a) The council shall consist of five members, appointed by the board. Three members must be licensed electrologists who have been actively engaged in the delivery of electrolysis services in this state for at least 4 consecutive years prior to their appointment and who are not affiliated with an electrolysis school or manufacturer or supplier of electrolysis equipment or supplies. Two consumer members must be residents of this state who have never been licensed electrologists, have no financial interest in the practice of electrology, and are not affiliated with an electrolysis school or a manufacturer or supplier of electrolysis equipment or supplies.

(b) Initial council members who are licensed electrologists must be eligible for licensure at the time of their appointment. Electrologist members appointed after October 1, 1996, must have been licensed in this state for at least 3 years prior to their appointment.

(3) The term of office for each council member is 4 years. A member may not serve more than two consecutive terms. When a vacancy occurs on the council, any licensed electrologist may recommend one person to fill the vacancy, and any professional organization dealing with electrolysis, incorporated within the state as not for profit, which registers its interest with the board shall recommend at least twice as many persons to fill the vacancy as the number of vacancies to be filled, and the board, in its discretion, may appoint from the submitted names any of those persons so recommended. The board shall, when possible, appoint persons from different geographic areas.

(4)(a) The council shall annually elect from among its members a chair and vice chair.

(b) The council shall meet at least twice a year and shall hold such additional meetings as are considered necessary by the board. Three members of the council constitute a quorum.

(c) Unless otherwise provided by law, a council member shall be compensated $50 for each day the member attends an official meeting of the council or participates in official council business. A council member is also entitled to reimbursement for expenses pursuant to s.112.061. Travel out of state requires the prior approval of the State Surgeon General. 

History.--s. 5, ch. 92-172; s. 1, ch. 95-221; s. 406, ch. 97-103; s. 67, ch. 2000-158; s. 20, ch. 2000-305; s. 95, ch. 2008-6.