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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 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.

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.

Authorization Holders Compliance During Declared Emergency

​​The Health Licensing Office has filed a permanent Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) that clarifies the expectations of all authorization holders (licensed, certified, or registered) regarding the COVID-19 crisis and the Governor of Oregon's declared state of emergency. This permanent rule follows the temporary rule that took effect on May 15, 2020. The permanent rule language went into effect on November 20, 2020.​

Proposed Rules for Respiratory Therapists and Polysomnographic Technologists

The Respiratory Therapist and Polysomnographic Technologists Licensing Board under the Health Licensing Office has filed proposed rules with the Oregon Secretary of State. The proposed language will be published in the November ​2020, Oregon Bulletin and helps to streamline and clarify existing rules for the professions. You are invited to review the proposed rules and submit comments from November 1 through November 28, 2020, at 12 p.m. (noon)​.

2021 Legislative Request for Respiratory Therapists and Polysomnographic Technologists Fee Increases

During the 2021 Legislative Session the Oregon Health Authority, Health Licensing Office will be requesting licensing fee increases for the Respiratory Therapist and Polysomnographic Technologist Licensing Board (Board). The Board must increase fees to cover the cost of licensing and regulating the Board’s professionals and protecting the public.

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