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Advanced Esthetics
Specialty Certification Aims to Promote Public Health and Safety
Microdermabrasion treatment
Why is Oregon establishing specialty certification for advanced esthetics?  Because from lasers to other new and developing technologies, the skin care field is rapidly developing and regulatory parameters are needed to ensure public health and safety.
This page links you to current and past information regarding advanced esthetics, including a schedule of proposed administrative rulemaking.  Rulemaking proposes changes to regulatory requirements and is open for public comment.
We'd like your comments and feedback on the subject, particularly during administrative rulemaking.

Advanced Esthetics Efforts Put on Hold
Due to major and time-intensive administrative rulemaking for two other professions regulated by the Oregon Health Licensing Agency (OHLA) (midwives and respiratory therapists), OHLA and the Legislative/Rules Sub-Committee are taking a break until next year.
“We just couldn’t devote the time and effort to complete the work we needed to accomplish,” says OHLA Policy Analyst Samantha “Samie” Patnode.  “And although we were making good progress, we wanted to take a step back and explore involving a wider range of stakeholders.”
Patnode is considering an advanced esthetics taskforce which may include other licensed practitioners such as a dermatologist, nurses and an esthetician who practices at the basic and existing level to provide a greater range of perspectives, among other possible participants.
“We want to be thorough and consider all perspectives before we begin actual administrative rulemaking,” Patnode adds.  “We appreciate the time and effort of all involved to this point, we just want to, as the saying goes, kick it up a notch.”

House Bill 3232 Allows for Creation of Specialty Certification
Oregon State Capitol
Possible due to the passage of House Bill 3232 in the 2009 session of the Oregon State Legislature, the Oregon Health Licensing Agency and Board of Cosmetology will be able to “…adopt rules to recognize specialties within a regulated field of practice…and may establish requirements for education, experience, examinations and supervision as necessary to ensure public safety and competency within the specialty.”

What Issues Are Involved in Establishing Specialty Certification?
Laser Safety
Besides the public health and safety issues involved, OHLA and the board are addressing a wide range of related issues such as developing a new advanced curriculum and examination and determining qualification standards for the new certification.
Click here to read the March 2010 "Taking License" column in the cosmetology industry publication Northwest Stylist for more information.  (Scroll further down the page for the proposed administrative rulemaking schedule.)
Click here to access OHLA's Facial Forward public education campaign.  Facial Forward helps to clarify the regulatory boundaries of the esthetics scope of practice.

Proposed Rulemaking Schedule
Cosmetology board meeting
The following schedule is subject to change.  Please go to the Board of Cosmetology Laws & Rules page for possible updates.
April 12, 2010
Rules Advisory Committee – 9 am
May 10, 2010
Board Meeting – 9 am, to approve proposed administrative rules
June 7, 2010
Rules Advisory Committee – 9 am
July 1, 2010
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking published in Oregon Bulletin
July 30, 2010
Tentative Public Rule Hearing
November 8, 2010
Board Meeting – 9 am, to adopt permanent administrative rules
January 1, 2011Permanent Administrative Rules effective

Comment on What You Think Advanced Esthetics Should Be
If you can't attend a related Board of Cosmetology meeting to learn more and to provide public comment, please e-mail us your comments.