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Rulemaking Activity

Status of Rulemaking

The Health Facility Licensing & Certification Program (HFLC) is responsible for regulating certain types of non-long term care health care facilities and agencies.

Regulated health care facilities may be subject to various Codes of Federal Regulations, Oregon Revised Statutes, and Oregon Administrative Rules.

Changes to Rules

This page documents what, if any, changes the agency is considering to its current Oregon Administrative Rules. It includes any temporary rules that have been filed to address an immediate need, which can be in effect for up to 180 days. Additional information about specific rulemaking activities is provided below.

Proposed Rulemaking Notices

OAR chapter 333, division 071 – Special Inpatient Care Facility (SICF) Licensing Requirements

The Oregon Health Authority (Authority), Public Health Division, Health Care Regulation and Quality Improvement program is proposing to permanently adopt, amend, and repeal Oregon Administrative Rules in chapter 333, division 71 relating to special inpatient care facilities (SICF).

 In accordance with ORS chapter 441, the Authority is responsible to ensure a safe and healthy environment is provided by over 800 health-related facilities and agencies and required to license and conduct on-site inspections of these facilities including special inpatient care facilities.  

ORS 442.015 defines a hospital to include an SICF and further prescribes the Authority to define an SICF by rule. The SICF rules have not been updated since 1999 and include classification types in definition that no longer exist. The Authority is revising the types of SICF classifications, adding requirements based on the types of services provided by these facilities, adding language to more closely align with hospital administrative rules, and incorporating statutory requirements, such as nurse staffing, that had not been clearly described in the SICF rules. The Authority is also amending the physical environment construction requirements by adopting the 2018, Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI), Guidelines for Design and Construction of Hospitals and the 2018, FGI, Guidelines for Design and Construction of Residential Health, Care and Support Facilities. 

Persons are invited to review these proposed rules and provide comments. Oral testimony may be presented at a public hearing scheduled as follows:

Public Hearing
January 18, 2018
9:00 a.m.
800 NE Oregon Street, Room 1-E
Portland, OR 97232

Persons may also submit written comments before 5:00 p.m. on January 22nd to the Public Health Division Rules Coordinator at:

OHA, Public Health Division
Brittany Hall, Administrative Rules Coordinator
800 NE Oregon Street, Suite 930
Portland, Oregon 97232

Comments may be sent by E-mail to or by FAX to (971) 673-1299. 

For more details, please see the following link:

Question: Contact Mellony Bernal at 

Temporary Rules

None at this time.

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