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  • Please email hlo.info@dhsoha.state.or.us or call (503) 378-8667, so that our customer service representatives can assist you over the phone. 
  • If it is determined you need an appointment to sit for an exam or other transaction, an appointment will be scheduled for you. A mask or face covering is required upon entry to our building. If you choose to wear a face shield, it is also recommended that a mask or face covering is worn with it.

The State of Oregon's Health Licensing Office (HLO), part of the Oregon Health Authority's Public Health Division, is a central licensing and regulatory office that oversees multiple health and related professions. HLO protects the health, safety and rights of Oregon consumers by ensuring only qualified applicants are authorized to practice. HLO reviews and approves applicant qualifications, conducts examinations, inspects thousands of licensed facilities and independent contractors, responds to and investigates consumer complaints, and disciplines licensees who are found in violation of state requirements.

To that end, HLO works with 16 boards, councils and programs in the State of Oregon.

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Health Licensing Office
The Health Licensing Office is located at:
1430 Tandem Ave. NE, Suite 180, Salem, OR 97301
Information Line (503) 378-8667

   

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2021 Legislation With a Potential Impact to the Cosmetology Profession

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.​

Seeking Applicants for Direct Entry Midwifery Continuing Education Committee

​On April 15, 2021, the Board of Direct Entry Midwives (Board) tasked the Health Licensing Office (HLO) with assembling an Education Committee (EC) to review the Legend Drugs and Devices Initial Continuing Education Program (LDDICEP) to determine which requirements must be completed to obtain licensure in Oregon. The EC will be tasked with reviewing: 

  • Education completed at in-state and out-of-state schools;
  • Other state licensure, including previous experience;
  • Methods to verify education and experience; and
  • Additional educational requirements, including supervisory requirements. ​

Board of Denture Technology Seeking New Members

The Oregon Board of Denture Technology (Board), overseen by the Health Licensing Office, is recruiting for the following three vacant board member positions:

  • One active Oregon licensed denturist.
  • One active Oregon licensed dentist.
  • Two public member positions. Public members may not possess the professional qualifications of other members and may not be a spouse, domestic partner, child, parent or sibling of an active licensed denturist or dentist.

Seeking Licensed Direct Entry Midwives to Serve as Subject Matter Experts

​The Health Licensing Office (HLO) is seeking licensed direct entry midwives to serve as subject matter experts (SMEs) for complaint investigations. A SME is an independent contractor who assists in investigations of and cases against Oregon direct entry midwives. SMEs may be called upon to assist the HLO in various ways, such as: working with a HLO investigator when investigating licensees, providing opinions about community standards, and competently testifying during hearings.

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