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Board of Cosmetology - Proposed Administrative Rules for Estheticians

Wednesday, September 6, 2023

The Oregon Legislature passed HB 2970 (2021), which changed the scope of practice for estheticians and advanced estheticians. The legislature charged the Board of Cosmetology and the Board of Certified Advanced Estheticians to work collaboratively to define the term “device" as it relates to each profession. Based on the legislative requirement, a Joint Rules Advisory Committee was assembled to make recommendations to both boards. As a result of those recommendations, both boards met on June 12, 2023, and approved proposed rules defining an esthetics device, natural physiological effects, and defining an advanced esthetics device. 

The Board of Cosmetology, under the Health Licensing Office, has filed proposed rules with the Oregon Secretary of State. The proposed rules are published in the September 2023 Oregon Bulletin.

You are invited to review the proposed rules and submit comments from September 1 through October 9, 2023, at 12 p.m. (noon). To submit your comments by email, send them to Samie Patnode, Policy Analyst, at or Carrie Edwards, Qualification Specialist, at

Written comments can also be submitted by way of postal mail to:

Attn: Samie Patnode
Health Licensing Office
1430 Tandem Ave. NE, Suite 180
Salem, OR 97301-2192

A public rule hearing has been scheduled for September 19, 2023, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stakeholders can participate in one of three ways:

  • In person at the Health Licensing Office Board Room, 1430 Tandem Ave. NE, Suite 180, Salem, OR 97301 
​Meeting ID: 295 487 779 79, passcode: wjswTj

  • MS Teams on phone: (971) 277-2343, phone conference ID: 170 680 339 # 

Comments will not be accepted or considered if received after 12 p.m. (noon) on October 9, 2023. For more information or to request alternative formats, please call Samie Patnode at (503) 373-1917 or email 

Permanent administrative rules are anticipated to become effective on January 1, 2024.

This blog will be made available in an accessible alternative format upon request. Please contact Derek Fultz at or by calling (503) 373-1915. All relay calls are accepted.