Electrology Committee


Maryland is one of several states that regulates Electrologists.  The practice of Electrology has been regulated since 1978. 
Duties of the Committee include advising the Board on regulatory changes, recommending approved CEUs, and consulting on disciplinary cases, if requested. 
The Committee has 3 members: 2 must be licensed electrologists, with at least five years of experience immediately prior to appointment to the committee, and 1 member must be a consumer with no financial affiliation to any person regulated by the Committee.  Committee members serve 4 years and may serve no more than 2 terms, though all serve until a successor is named.

Debra Larson, LE - Chair, Margaret Carnathan, LE, and Michele Sperato - Consumer Member

The Electrology Committee meets a minimum of four times a year on the first Wednesday of selected months and more often as needed. Meetings begin at 10:00 AM and are  held at the Maryland Board of Nursing, 4140 Patterson Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215.
Scheduled meeting dates for 2017 are:
Call in number for Audio Conference is:  415-655-0003 

January 18, 2017       10:00 am - 1:00 pm       (access code): 646 752 129
March 29, 2017          10:00 am - 12:00 pm     (access code): 646 021 630
​​May 17, 2017             10:00 am - 12:00 pm     (access code): 644 821 370
September 20, 2017  10:00 am - 12:00 pm     (access code): 649 969 642
November 8, 2017     10:00 am - 12:00 pm     (access code): 645 257 029
Individuals seeking to present matters before the Committee should contact the Electrology Practice Committee at the above address. Please submit a brief statement explaining the reason for appearing before the committee and include any supporting documents. You will be notified of a hearing date.
The Electrology Committee is located at the Board of Nursing. Click here for directions.

Electrology, the science of permanent hair removal utilizing only solid needle or probe devises, has been practiced since 1869.  A fine sterile needle or probe is inserted into the hair follicle and a small amount of electrical energy is discharged and destroys hair growth tissue.  The hair is then removed with sterile forceps and the area is left to heal.  When competently and skillfully accomplished, the regenerative ability of the hair follicle is permanently eliminated.
Three basic methods are used in the practice of electrology: electrolysis, thermolysis, and the blend.  Electrolysis uses direct current (DC) to achieve chemical destruction of the hair follicle.  One or more sterile needles or probes are used with electrolysis,  Thermolysis uses alternating current (AC), sometimes referred to as high frequency or short-wave, to create heat which destroys the hair follicle.  One sterile needle or probe is used for thermolysis.  The blend (also referred to as dual modality) uses both of the above currents simultaneously or sequentially to achieve dual action destruction of the hair follicle.  Most often, a single sterile needle or probe is used for this procedure.
updated 3/2/2017