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2021 Legislation With a Potential Impact to the Cosmetology Profession

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

The following is an overview of 2021 Legislation that may impact the profession of cosmetology.

HB 2970 Defines “device" for purposes of advanced nonablative esthetics practices. Allows person certified to practice esthetics to use devices determined by the Board of Certified Advanced Estheticians. Prohibits person certified to practice esthetics from using mechanical or electrical apparatus, appliance, or device without specific authorization by Board of Certified Advanced Estheticians. Defines “mechanical or electrical apparatus, appliance or device." Adds specific procedures to esthetics scope of practice including eyebrow services and varying temporary hair removal.

HB 2971 Abolishes Board of Certified Advanced Estheticians and transfers responsibilities to Health Licensing Office and Board of Cosmetology. Directs office to issue certificate to practice advanced nonablative esthetics procedures to qualified applicant. Takes effect on 91st day following adjournment sine die. 

HB 2970 and HB 2971 were requested by the Oregon Estheticians for Fair Licensing. For more information regarding this legislation contact the OEFL at

SB 74  transfers the responsibility to determine and approve cosmetology field of practice education and training requirements from the Higher Education Coordinating Commission to the Board of Cosmetology.  Allows the Health Licensing Office to determine if an individual who is certified in another state or has received education or training in another state but never received certification, qualifies to take the certification examination. Requires career school to obtain certificate of compliance from the Health Licensing Office and meet safety and sanitation standards established by the Board. 

Below is general information related to the legislative process:

For the most current information click the link to the specific bill. You can find drafts of the bill including amendments, committee assignments, dates of public hearings and work sessions and any materials presented to each committee. 

If you have further questions regarding these bills, please contact Samie Patnode, Policy Analyst at or at (503) 373-1917.


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