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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.

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Hair Design Definition Clarification - Barbering Services

​​The Health Licensing Office issued a Practice Clarification regarding individuals certified in Hair Design applying hot towels and shave cream when shaving, trimming or cutting the beard or mustache. The Practice Clarification also provides a breakdown of services within the barbering and hair design scope of practice.

Hair Design Exemptions Practice Clarification

​The Health Licensing Office issued a Practice Clarification regarding exemptions for performing makeup artistry services.

How the Lacation Consultant Program Began

Read ​House Bill 2503 (2017 Legislative Session) for background on the formation of this program.

For more information, call (503) 373-1904 or email

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