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Seeking Cosmetology and Advanced Esthetics Rules Advisory Committee Interest

​​The Health Licensing Office (Office), Board of Cosmetology (COS) and Board of Certified Advanced Estheticians (CAE) are currently seeking interested parties to serve as experts on three different Rules Advisory Committees (RAC). RAC's provide an opportunity for external experts, individuals, entities and advocates to provide input and recommendations to the governing body(s) during the rulemaking process. ​

Upcoming HLO Closures Due to State Holidays

​Mark your calendar and note that the Health Licensing Office (and all State of Oregon agencies) will be closed on the following days:

  • Thursday, November 11, 2021, for Veterans Day
  • Thursday and Friday, November 25-26, 2021, for Thanksgiving​


COVID-19 in Oregon

If you have questions or would like additional information regarding COVID-19, face covering guidance or vaccine information in Oregon, please visit the Oregon Health Authority's COVID-19 website.

The latest guidance effective May 18, 2021, is as follows:

For additional resources, please visit COVID-19 testing in Oregon, COVID-19 Vaccine in Oregon, and COVID-19 Healthcare Partner Resources. Please be sure to check back frequently as information is updated.

2021 Legislation With a Potential Impact to the Cosmetology Profession

The following is an overview of 2021 Legislation that may impact the profession of cosmetology:

HB 2970 Defines “devices" for purposes of estheticians certified under the Board of Cosmetology. Clarifies the scope of practice for estheticians by outlining what mechanical and electrical appliances including galvanic current, high-frequency, microcurrents, light-emitting diode therapy and microdermabrasion that do not penetrate beyond the epidermis, except through natural physiological effects can be used. Adds specific procedures to esthetics scope of practice including eyebrows and eyelash services and varying temporary hair removal. Clarifies the scope of practice for advanced estheticians by outlining specific devices by the United States Food and Drug Administration.​

Limited Waiver on Enforcement for Estheticians Using Certain Devices

Background Information​

In 2015, the Oregon legislature enacted law that created a certification to practice advanced nonablative esthetics. The legislature defined advanced nonablative esthetics as “a procedure that uses a laser or other device registered with the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) for nonablative procedures performed on the skin or hair. . ." As a result of these statutes, estheticians who wanted to practice advanced nonablative esthetics could not do so until they obtained a certificate in advanced nonablative esthetics. These statutes are found in ORS 676.630 to 676.660 and can be found here:https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/bills_laws/ors/ors676.html. ​

Resources for COVID-19 Vaccine Information

The Health Licensing Office (HLO) is passing along Resources for COVID-19 Vaccine Information from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Public Health Division to our active authorization holders and stakeholders. This resource offers contact information for the OHA COVID-19 Vaccine Planning Unit, provider enrollment, and media questions; OHA COVID-19 Vaccine Online Information; CDC COVID-19 Communications Toolkit and vaccine information for consumers; Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) fact sheet; and the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Online Training and Education Series.

We hope you find this information useful as the COVID-19 vaccine rollout for Oregon has begun. As always, please check the OHA COVID-19 Updates website, and the COVID-19 Healthcare Partner Resources website for additional information.

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