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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
Barbers
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
Electrologists
Environmental Health Registration Board
Environmental health specialists
Estheticians
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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HLO getting new phone system; calls may be delayed this afternoon

​​The Health Licensing Office is transitioning to a new phone system this afternoon (July 26). Please be aware that there will be a short time frame (about a half-hour) when calls will not go through at all, and when we come back online this afternoon, we'll be learning the new system as we go. Please be patient with us as we make this transition, and feel free to email questions to hlo.info@state.or.us if you can't get through.

Creation of advanced esthetics does not impact estheticians doing waxing

​​July 1, 2016, marked the beginning of Oregon's Board of Certified Advanced Estheticians. The scope of practice for certified advanced estheticians includes advanced nonablative esthetics, made up of these seven modalities: skin rejuvenation, body contouring, dyschromia reduction, cellulite reduction, hair removal or reduction, and nonablative tattoo removal. The "hair removal or reduction" in advanced esthetics uses nonablative techniques involving lasers and other light-based instruments. Board of Cosmetology estheticians performing wax-based hair removal are not performing advanced esthetics and do not have to get their advanced certification. Waxing remains in the scope of practice of regular estheticians.

Survey response required for RT and PT renewals

​​During the 2015 Legislative session, Senate Bill 230 was enacted, adding respiratory therapists and polysomnographic technologists to the list of health care professionals who must provide certain demographic and practice information prescribed by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to renew their license. This information is collected through an online survey that is sent directly to OHA. Currently other health care professionals, including licensed dietitians, who are required to provide this information pay a $2 fee annually, which is collected at the time of renewal. The most recent surveys can be found here: Respiratory Therapist survey and Polysomnographic Technologist survey.

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