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Proposed Rule Regarding Continuing Education During COVID-19 State of Emergency

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

​The Health Licensing Office has filed a proposed Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) with the Secretary of State's Office. The proposed rule language impacts the Office's license, certification, and registration holders regarding continuing education requirements as a condition for renewal during the COVID-19 state of emergency.

Continuing Education Hours Obtained During Disaster or State of Emergency
(1) In the event of a disaster or emergency declared by the Governor of Oregon due to the public health threat posed by the novel infectious coronavirus (COVID-19) and during the declared disaster or emergency, all authorization holders may obtain all required continuing education hours through online courses, remote access, webinars, or self-study. The subject matter of the continuing education hours must meet the requirements set forth in each individual profession’s continuing education rules.
(2) For professions with a cultural competency continuing education subject matter requirement pursuant to ORS 676.850, this rule does not apply to the methods by which an authorization holder may obtain the cultural competency continuing education hours.

You are invited to submit comments regarding the proposed rule from July 1st through 12 p.m. (noon) on July 28, 2020. You can submit your comments by way of email to Anne Thompson at, or by way of postal mail sent to:

Attn: Anne Thompson
Health Licensing Office
1430 Tandem Ave. NE, Suite 180
Salem, OR 97301

The proposed rule is scheduled to go into effect August 15, 2020.

For more information regarding the rule language or process, or to request alternative formats, please call Anne Thompson at (503) 373-1904, or email

Continuing Education Self-Study Verification Form - Optional form for you to use to track your self-study hours.

For questions specific to continuing education, please email


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