Rules Proposed and Adopted


February 24, 2015, 9:30 a.m.
1500 SW 1st Ave., Suite 620, Portland, OR  97201

Supervising Physician Organizations

The proposed new rule is a collective rule for all requirements for establishing and maintaining a supervising physician organization.  The proposed rule amendments remove substantive provisions regarding supervising physician organizations from the definitions rule and the rule governing the supervising physician approval process.  


Written Comments due by February 23


The proposed rule repeal removes the discovery rule for contested case hearings because the Oregon Medical Board has adopted the Attorney General’s model rule on discovery in contested case hearings, specifically OAR 137-003-0066.  

Reporting Incompetent or Impaired Physicians to the Board

The proposed rule amendments add clarity to the mandatory reporting requirements under Oregon Revised Statutes 676 and 677.  The revised section (1) breaks the reporting requirements into categories for licensee self-reports, licensee obligations to report other professionals, and health care facility reports.  The amendment adds a civil penalty for licensees who fail to report.  The rule also updates the name of the state’s monitoring program to the Health Professionals’ Services Program and makes other housekeeping and general grammar updates.  

Scope of Practice

The proposed rule amendment makes four changes.  First, the amendment clarifies that the scope of practice is the maximum functions that may be assigned to EMS providers; it is not standing orders, protocols, or curriculum.  Second, the amendment moves the provision allowing an EMT to perform other tasks under visual supervision as directed by the physician to the scope of practice for an Emergency Medical Responder.  Third, the amendment corrects “Albuterol sulfate” to “albuterol.”  Fourth, the amendment expands the Paramedic’s ability to initiate and maintain urinary catheters.​


Volunteer Emeritus Licensure

The rule amendments reference the complete list of acceptable licensing examinations or combination of examinations; allow applicants with ongoing maintenance of certification to request a SPEX/COMVEX waiver; require documents in a foreign language to be submitted with an official translation; remove references to a paper application form; revise the requirements for a photograph so that it may be submitted digitally; include fingerprints within the rule on documents to be submitted for licensure; clarify that the Board may ask for additional documents regarding information received during the processing of the application; and include the ECFMG certificate among the documents that must be sent to the Board.  

Qualifications for License by Endorsement

The rule amendment clarifies that applicants who qualify for expedited endorsement must have one year of current, active, unrestricted practice in the United States or Canada immediately preceding the application for licensure.  Practice in other countries for that period will not qualify due to the differences in medical regulation and potential difficulty in obtaining documents with primary source verification from international regulatory bodies.


The rule amendments alphabetize the definitions, eliminate references to forms or printed photographs to reflect electronic submission of applications and required materials, renumber the subsections under the rule on qualifications for clarity, distinguish mentorships from clinical training by changing the terminology from “clinical supervisor” to “mentor” under the rules for demonstrating competency, and make general language and grammar housekeeping updates.