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Are you an "Independent Contractor?"

​The Health Licensing Office (HLO) frequently receives questions on whether an individual meets the criteria established for an employee or an independent contractor. In an effort to clarify the difference, the HLO is collaborating with the Department of Revenue and the Employment Department to provide authorization holders with information on how to determine the difference between the two worker classifications.

Practice Clarification on Cosmetic Injectables (e.g. Botox)

Updated: March 14, 2018

The Health Licensing Office (HLO) has received numerous questions and inquiries regarding the use of cosmetic injectables with trade names such as Botox, Restylane and Juvederm by basic and advanced estheticians.

Question: Is it within the scope of practice for basic or advanced estheticians to provide cosmetic injection services to clients (e.g. Botox)?

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:

  • Wednesday, July 4, 2018, for Independence Day
  • Monday, September 3, 2018, for Labor Day

Cosmetology Examinations will be Offered in Spanish and Vietnamese

​​Effective Tuesday, January 16, 2018, the Health Licensing Office (HLO) will be providing the Cosmetology field of practice examinations (i.e. barbering, hair design, nail technology, and esthetics), and the Oregon Laws and Rules examination in Spanish and Vietnamese.

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.

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