• Mold Remediation & Inspection De-Regulation FAQs

    1. What does the de-regulation mean? 
    2. Why did Virginia decide to de-regulate after only one year? 
    3. Who will monitor mold remediators and inspectors now? 
    4. I think I have a mold problem. Who should I hire? 

    What does the de-regulation mean?

    • As of July 1, 2012, no state credentials are required for mold remediation and inspection activities.
    • Mold remediation and inspection reverted to being an un-regulated profession—as it was before July 1, 2011, when the licensure program established by the 2009 General Assembly first went into effect.
    • The regulatory board name returned to the Board for Asbestos, Lead, and Home Inspectors.

    Why did Virginia decide to de-regulate after only one year?

    • After a comprehensive review across state government, the McDonnell Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring recommended de-regulation of the mold remediation and inspection profession.
    • Unlike asbestos and lead abatement, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not regulate mold remediation and inspection. In light of the absence of national oversight and standards, the General Assembly determined Virginia's regulatory program is unnecessary and endorsed the Commission's de-regulation recommendation.

    Who will monitor mold remediators and inspectors now?

    • Numerous private industry associations offer voluntary certification for mold remediators and inspectors. Use the Internet to search "mold remediation certification" and "mold inspection certification" and learn more about private certification standards and organizations.

    I think I have a mold problem. Who should I hire?