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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 day:

  • Monday, May 30, 2022, for Memorial Day

Board of Cosmetology Proposed Fee Increases

​​The Board of Cosmetology under the Health Licensing Office has filed proposed rules with the Oregon Secretary of State. The proposed rule language will be published in the November 2021, Oregon Bulletin and proposes increased fees​ for the Board of Cosmetology applicants and authorization holders to cover the cost of regulating the Board's professionals and protecting the public. ​

Update on the Scope of Practice for Esthetics and Advanced Esthetics

​The following information provides a summary of the past policies related to the scope of practice for esthetics and advanced esthetics since 2015. The information also highlights HB 2079, which passed during the 2021 Legislative Session and how the Health Licensing Office, the Board of Certified Advanced Estheticians and the Board of Cosmetology will move forward in implementing the requirements of the bill including collaboratively defining the term “device" within both the esthetics and advanced esthetics profession. ​

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. ​

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.​

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