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North Carolina Board of Cosmetic Art Examiners
Infection Control, Safety, and Consumer Protection

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The Board office is closed to in-person customer visits until further notice.  All applications and renewals can be completed online and staff are glad to help online or via phone.  The Board office phone number is 919-736-6123. Questions can also be directed to nccosmo@nccosmeticarts.com or submitted via the Chat now option.

Infection Control COVID-19 Information and updates

The Board will post updates here as the COVID-19 pandemic develops *Updated March 23, 2021*

NC has transitioned into Phase 3 through Executive Order 169.  Capacity limitations are eased through Executive Order 204 effective March 26, 2021 at 5:00pm.  Face coverings and social distancing are still required.  Additional guidance is provided in Executive Order 180 and Executive Order 195

Governor Cooper’s office has released this FAQ Document to help answer questions. 
NC DHHS provides this information: Interim Guidance for Shops

Are schools and shops open in NC? *Update* March 23, 2021 - Executive Order 204
All personal care and grooming businesses can operate at 100% percent capacity (social distancing and face coverings are still required) as of Friday March 26, 2021 at 5:00pm.  Spas (as noted in Executive Order 141 are hot tubs and jacuzzis not cosmetic art shops) All cosmetic art services can be performed with personal protective equipment.  Counties and other local governments can still impose additional restrictions.  

Do I have to wear a mask? Does my client have to wear a mask?
Licensees must wear face coverings unless there is a medical, behavioral, or religious reason to abstain.  Face coverings for clients are required.  Face coverings may be removed when a client is receieving a facial treatment, a shave, or other services on a part of the head which the face covering covers or by which the face covering is secured.   

Do clients have to be six feet apart?
Yes, clients must stay six feet apart when receiving services and when waiting in the shop. Work stations should be arranged in the shop to ensure six feet of distance between customers at all times.   

What signs do I need to post in my shop?
The required signs are for symptom screening and social distancing.  Spanish signs: symptom screening and social distancing.

What disinfectant should be used in the shop?
 Board infection control requirements for Disinfectant must be EPA-registered and labeled as bactericidal, virucidal and fungicidal - No product will be labeled for COVID-19 yet, but many will have human coronavirus efficacy either on their label or available on their websites (Barbicide, Citrus II and other similar disinfectants) - The EPA has approved any product that has tested as effective against human coronavirus, to make a claim for COVID-19 at this time.

I need a copy of my license, how can I get it?
All licensees can log in (click Login in the blue stripe at the top of the page) and click Download.

I need my license number how can I get it?
Licensees can search for their name (leave the license number field blank) here:https://www.nccosmeticarts.com/onlineservices/Verification.aspx

Additional Infection Control Guidance related to COVID-19

OSHA recommendations for return to work
CDC recommendations for workplaces
EPA Disinfectant List
Board Infection Control Rules

For information about COVID-19 recommendations and other virus related guidance refer to NCDHHS, the Governor's Office, and the CDC.

The Board office is 121 Edinburgh South Drive Suite 209 Cary, NC 27511
All requests, applications and questions for the Board can be handled online. For assistance with any Board related question please call 919-736-6123, chat with Board staff through our Chat Now feature, or email nccosmo@nccosmeticarts.com. All requests are processed and receive a response within 24 hours of receipt.



Current license renewals can be submitted on time between July 1, 2021 12:00am and October 1, 2021 11:59pm.  Licensees that are not exempt or inactive must complete 8 hours of CE per year. The Board does not require licensees to take paid courses and cautions licensees against CE course providers that advertise their classes as "mandatory."  
Licensees can document CE hours as any education earned since the last renewal.  Examples of acceptable CE hours would be: learning a new skill from another professional, watching educational videos or tutorials,  taking correspondence or online courses, participating in a hands-on class.  At least half the education completed must be in the cosmetic art licensure field .  Please keep records of the time, date, location (or URL) and a brief description of the educational material so if the licensee is selected for an audit and receives an audit letter the records can be submitted in a timely manner.

To renew log in here: https://www.nccosmeticarts.com/userman/useraccounts/login.aspx
Late fees are due for any renewal submitted October 2 or later.  


Inspections Notification

The Board has received notifications of calls and visits to licensed shops by individuals impersonating Board inspectors. Reports have been made in counties throughout the state.  Board inspectors always carry and present identification but do not collect payments of any kind.  


Consumer and Student Complaints

Complaints can be submitted at the following link:  http://www.nccosmeticarts.com/inspections/complaints.aspx


Lash perming - At the Board meeting April 8, 2019 the Board voted to issue a declaratory ruling regarding lash lifting/perming.  Click here to read the ruling: Declaratory Ruling - Lash Lifting Procedure

Brow Lamination- At the Board meeting January 6, 2020 the Board voted to issue a declaratory ruling regarding brow lamination. 
Click here to read the ruling: Declaratory Ruling - Brow Lamination Procedure

Dermaplaning -
At the Board meeting July 13, 2020 the Board voted to issue a declaratory ruling regarding dermaplaning.  Click here to read the ruling:Declaratory Ruling - Dermaplaning Procedure 

Microblading, and needling- 
Dermaplaning, microblading, hylauranic pens, cavitation, fibroblast, and needling are not within the scope of practice of our licensees. § 88B2. Definitions. (11a) Esthetics. - Refers to any of the following practices: giving facials; applying makeup; performing skin care; removing superfluous hair from the body of a person by use of creams, tweezers, or waxing; applying eyelashes to a person, including the application of eyelash extensions, brow or lash color; beautifying the face, neck, arms, or upper part of the human body by use of cosmetic preparations, antiseptics, tonics, lotions, or creams; surface manipulation in relation to skin care; or cleaning or stimulating the face, neck, ears, arms, hands, bust, torso, legs, or feet of a person by means of hands, devices, apparatus, or appliances along with the use of cosmetic preparations, antiseptics, tonics, lotions, or creams.


License status can be verified and printed online.