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Practicing Respiratory Therapy Under a Provisional License

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

​An amended Notice of Proposed Rulemaking has been filed with the Secretary of State's Office, which duplicates the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking filed on July 29, 2020, and published in the August 2020 Oregon Bulletin. The Amended Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is being published in order to adopt a new rule number, however; the text of the proposed rule has not changed from the original notice.

The Respiratory Therapist and Polysomnographic Technologists Licensing Board, under the Health Licensing Office, has filed proposed Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) with the Oregon Secretary of State for publication in the August 2020, Oregon Bulletin. The rule change adopts OAR 331-710-0022, which is needed to increase the potential number of respiratory therapists who can care for patients in Oregon during periods of a declared emergency.

The Governor of Oregon declared a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 outbreak on March 8, 2020. That emergency has been extended and is currently ongoing. The Governor's Executive Order No. 20-03, directed state agencies to develop and implement procedures within the agency's authority designed to prevent or alleviate the public health threat. The proposed rule adoption was originally adopted as a temporary rule effective March 26, 2020, and expires on September 21, 2020. The Health Licensing Office proposes this permanent rulemaking to cover the duration of the current state of emergency, and any extensions of that emergency.

Public comment regarding the proposed rules will be taken from October 1 to October 28, 2020 at 12 p.m. (noon). Comments must be submitted in writing and can be sent via email to Samie Patnode at:, or sent via postal mail to:

Attn: Samie Patnode
Health Licensing Office
1430 Tandem Ave. NE, Suite 180

Salem, OR 97301-2192

Comments will not be accepted, nor considered, if received after 12 p.m. (noon) on October 28, 2020. The propose rule language is expected to become permanent effective October 29, 2020.

For more information or to request alternative formats, please call Samie Patnode at (503) 373-1917, or email


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