The FTC has a long history of urging policymakers to reduce or eliminate unnecessary occupational licensing requirements imposed by state law or rules. Upon request by a state legislator, or in response to an open public comment period, FTC staff regularly shares its expertise by evaluating the likely competitive effects of proposed state legislation or regulations. Occasionally, the FTC also files amicus briefs in litigation by other parties, and comments on proposed federal regulations that may affect competition.
Here are some of the diverse occupations where the FTC has commented on licensing issues.
- advanced practice registered nurses
- certified registered nurse anesthetists
- physician assistants
- dental therapists
- dental hygienists
- motor vehicle sales
- potato shippers
- casket sales
- animal teeth floating
- online auction trading assistants
- online legal forms
- passenger transportation network applications (“taxi apps”)
- real estate closing services
- sellers of contact lenses