CAMTC is and has been closely monitoring the monkeypox situation in California. We take the current outbreak very seriously and understand that the State has declared monkeypox to be a public health emergency. We have well established open lines of communication with State and local health officers and are regularly checking in with these professionals. We are also pleased to announce that CAMTC has a public health advisor, Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, Clinical Professor of Population and Public Health Sciences at Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California (USC).
Currently, no additional guidance or protocols for massage have been issued by State or local public health entities to address the spread of monkeypox.
As the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) notes, “The risk of monkeypox to the public is currently very low based on the information available.”
As a CAMTC Certified Massage Professional, you are strongly encouraged to continue to follow your normal, everyday, health and safety protocols, which you should already be doing regardless of the monkeypox outbreak. These protocols should include, but are not limited to, the following:
Don’t work on clients with open sores or lesions;
Don’t work on clients who are sick;
Perform proper hand hygiene between clients; and
Change all sheets, towels, blankets, and other bedding between clients and do not reuse.
For information on the availability of vaccines for monkeypox, please check with your local city or county health department. Cities and counties have very specific requirements to qualify for the monkeypox vaccination.
Please see the following list of general links related to monkeypox that you might find helpful:
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File a Complaint
CAMTC takes complaints against massage professionals and schools very seriously. CAMTC's inquiry is limited to investigating conduct by CAMTC certificate holders and applicants that is substantially related to the qualifications, functions, or duties of a certificate holder. In order for us to determine whether the complaint may warrant investigation, you must:
Identify yourself by name and contact information. CAMTC DOES NOT INVESTIGATE ANONYMOUS COMPLAINTS.
Identify the name of the massage professional, location where the massage professional works or where the conduct complained of occurred, CAMTC certificate number if known, and provide as much other information as possible
Describe the conduct in question in detail
Indicate whether or not you have filed a police report, and if so, provide information about that report (i.e. date filed, law enforcement agency, report number, etc)
If CAMTC decides to investigate a complaint against a CAMTC massage professional or applicant, you must be willing to:
Provide a signed declaration under penalty of perjury
Possibly testify to the allegations
Explain your relationship with the massage professional
Provide any other evidence in your possession
CAMTC IS NOT A LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY NOR GOVERNMENT AGENCY. CAMTC DOES NOT REGULATE MASSAGE ESTABLISHMENTS, AS THAT IS UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF CITIES AND COUNTIES. IT IS WITHIN THE SOLE DISCRETION OF CAMTC WHETHER OR NOT TO INVESTIGATE OR PURSUE ANY CASE AGAINST A MASSAGE PROFESSIONAL.
Please send complaints in writing to CAMTC by email: