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Kor J Aesthet Cosmetol > Volume 2(1); 2004 > Article
피부미용사제도 입법방안에 관한 소고
Deliberations on the legislation plans of the esthetician system
Han-Woong Lee
This study is for the purpose of scrutinizing several major requisites required to enact the esthetician system as a law. In this thesis, the following legislation plans are put forward in conclusion. In the first place, in view of the point that 'esthetics' is a professional field that derives from an established esthetic field, it would be more appropriate to use esthetician, rather than to use the ambiguous term such as 'skin care worker' as a term for the field-related workers. Secondly, about the working field of esthetician, it is necessary to determine either we should prescribe it in a positive or active way or in the other way round. Thirdly, the relationship between 'cosmetologist' and 'esthetician' needs to be defined as follows. As in the case of the provisions of ‘The Barbering and Cosmetology Act’ in the California State, the United States, we need to consider both 'cosmetologist' should be required to be licensed as an 'integrated cosmetologist' and 'esthetician' should be treated as a specially licensed area from 'cosmetologist.' Or we need to treat both 'cosmetologist' and 'esthetician' as an equivalent parallel relationship. Finally, although it might be part of legislation policy whether referring to the 'esthetician' qualification as a national technical qualification, or simply 'license system,' it is requisite that, considering that skin care related work has a potent influence on the public health hygiene, 'license system' be implemented, and the minister of Health and Welfare should issue the license. It is essential that a nation be willing to have a constructive attitude with legitimacy to solve this according to the necessary steps despite the conflict between the persons concerned. We hope 'the system of esthetician' can be introduced at the earliest possible moment.
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