Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation
Board for Barbers and Cosmetology
Barbering and Cosmetology Regulations [18 VAC 41 ‑ 20]
Elimination of Antibacterial Soap Requirement
Action 5962
General Information
Action Summary The Board for Barbers and Cosmetology seeks to amend its current regulations to eliminate the antibacterial requirement for soap used by clients and employees. The existing regulation requires antibacterial soap for client usage. It also mandates all employees providing client services to cleanse their hands with an antibacterial product prior to providing services to each client. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the benefits of using antibacterial hand soaps have not been proven, and there is little evidence that antibacterial soaps prevent diseases and infections better than non-antibacterial soaps.
Chapters Affected
  VAC Chapter Name Action Type
Primary 18 VAC 41-20 Barbering and Cosmetology Regulations Amend Existing Regulation
Other chapters
  18 VAC 41 - 70 Esthetics Regulations Amend Existing Regulation
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [7243]
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
9637 Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 12/01/2022.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Kelley Smith  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 400
Richmond, VA 23233
Email Address:
Phone: (804)367-8590    FAX: (866)245-9693    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this board.