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Health Licensing Office

The State of Oregon's Health Licensing Office (HLO), part of the Oregon Health Authority's Public Health Division, is a central licensing and regulatory office that oversees multiple health and related professions. HLO protects the health, safety and rights of Oregon consumers by ensuring only qualified applicants are authorized to practice. HLO reviews and approves applicant qualifications, conducts examinations, inspects thousands of licensed facilities and independent contractors, responds to and investigates consumer complaints, and disciplines licensees who are found in violation of state requirements.

To that end, HLO works with 14 boards, councils and programs in the State of Oregon.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


Boards & Professions

Advisory Council on Hearing Aids
Behavior Analysis Regulatory Board
Board of Athletic Trainers
Board of Certified Advanced Estheticians
Board of Cosmetology
Board of Denture Technology
Board of Direct Entry Midwifery
Board of Electrologists and Body Art Practitioners
Board of Licensed Dietitians
Body piercers, specialty
Body piercers, standard
Earlobe-only piercers
Environmental Health Registration Board
Environmental health specialists
Hair designers
Music Therapy Program
Nail technologists
Natural hair care technicians
Nursing Home Administrators Board
Polysomnographic technologists
Respiratory Therapist and Polysomnographic Technologist Licensing Board
Respiratory therapists
Sex Offender Treatment Board
Tattoo artists
Waste water specialists

Latest News

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Comment period on electrology and tattoo rules runs Oct. 1-28

​​In 2011, the Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 2013, creating the Board of Body Art Practitioners, now the Board of Electrologists and Body Art Practitioners, under the Health Licensing Office to allow for regulation and oversight of body piercing, tattooing and electrology. After the bill was passed, a series of Oregon Administrative Rules were put in place to allow the HLO to administer the program, issue licenses, investigate complaints and inspect facilities. (Click headline to read more)

Public comment period on advanced esthetics opens Oct. 1

​​During the 2015 Legislative session, House Bill 2642 was enacted, adding the Board of Certified Advanced Estheticians under the Health Licensing Office in order to regulate advanced nonablative esthetics. On July 1, 2016, the HLO filed temporary administrative rules to begin issuing provisional and temporary certifications for advanced esthetics. Temporary rules were developed by a Rules Advisory Committee since the Board was not in place until July 1, 2016. The temporary rules will expire on December 27, 201. Permanent rules are expected to substitute for the temporary rules by Dec. 31, 2016. (Click headline to read more.)

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