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Board of Cosmetology - Proposed Administrative Rules

Thursday, May 2, 2024

The Board of Cosmetology (Board), under the Health Licensing Office (HLO), is notifying interested parties that proposed administrative rules have been filed with the Secretary of State's Office for publication in the May 2024 Oregon Bulletin. Permanent administrative rules are anticipated to become effective on July 1, 2024. 

HLO also filed statutory minor corrections for the Board's civil penalty schedules, which are available immediately on the Secretary of State's website and will be published in the June 2024 Oregon Bulletin

Administrative Rule Filings:

Summary of Proposed Rules do the Following:

  • Implements the requirements of SB 217 (2023), which include adopting required education and curriculum for barbering, esthetics, hair design, and nail technology and creating processes and procedures for approving a school's curriculum.
  • Creates a certification pathway for applicants who do not hold an authorization in Oregon but who have education or training in a field of practice that is substantially equivalent to Oregon's education or training, which is also required in SB 217 (2023). 
  • Adopts the definition of “natural physiological effects" in relation to “esthetics devices," which was inadvertently left out of the previous rule filing from implementing HB 2970 (2021), and aligns other rules with the definition of “esthetics device." 
  • Removes barriers for individuals retaking written examinations and eliminates requiring the Oregon Laws and Rules Examination for freelance authorization applicants and for individuals renewing their freelance authorization. 
  • Adds a requirement that practitioners attest to having current bloodborne pathogen trainings at the time of renewal.
  • Implements a $45 written examination fee for natural hair care applicants. 
  • Reorganizes rules to appropriate divisions and provides for general housekeeping changes. 

You are invited to review the proposed rules and submit comments from May 1 to May 28, 2024, until 12 p.m. (noon). Comments can be submitted by way of email to Samie Patnode at or by 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 May 22, 2024, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon). Interested parties may attend the hearing inperson at the address listed above or through MS Teams.

Ways to attend:

How to attend the meeting:

(If not attending in person, follow one of the options below)

Join By: Meeting or Conference ID:Passcode:

MS Tems


Click here to join the meeting

Meeting ID:

284 179 585 87



(audio only)

Dial (971) 277-2343

Conference ID:

407 243 061 #


 Instructions for attending through MS Teams:

  • Email your full name to Samie Patnode at and state that you would like to testify.
  • The HLO asks that individuals attending the hearing through MS Teams keep their cameras off and their phones or microphones muted during the entire hearing until your name is called to testify.

Comments will not be accepted or considered if received after 12 p.m. (noon) on May 28, 2024. For more information or to request alternative formats, please call Samie Patnode at (503) 373-1917 or email