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2021 Legislation With a Potential Impact to the Cosmetology Profession

Thursday, May 6, 2021

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

HB 2970 Defines “devices" for purposes of estheticians certified under the Board of Cosmetology. Clarifies the scope of practice for estheticians by outlining what mechanical and electrical appliances including galvanic current, high-frequency, microcurrents, light-emitting diode therapy and microdermabrasion that do not penetrate beyond the epidermis, except through natural physiological effects can be used. Adds specific procedures to esthetics scope of practice including eyebrows and eyelash services and varying temporary hair removal. Clarifies the scope of practice for advanced estheticians by outlining specific devices by the United States Food and Drug Administration.

HB 2970 was requested by the Oregon Estheticians for Fair Licensing (OEFL). For more information regarding this legislation, contact the OEFL at

HB 2971 and SB 74 both related to cosmetology, were not scheduled for a work session prior to the Friday, March 19, 2021, deadline date. When bills are not scheduled by the deadline, the bill does not move forward in the legislative process, or in other words, it "dies".

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, 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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