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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 17 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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Extended Public Comment for Electrology Proposed Rules, Amended Fiscal Impact

​​The Health Licensing Office (HLO) has filed an "Amended Statement of Need and Fiscal Impact" regarding an electrologist's supervisor and temporary trainee's ability to obtain professional liability insurance, as well as the ability to be reimbursed by health insurance carriers for permanent hair removal services provided by a temporary trainee for individuals seeking gender reassignment surgery.

Esthetics and Advanced Esthetics RAC Update

​ In 2021, the Health Licensing Office (HLO) convened a Joint Esthetic and Advanced Esthetic Rules Advisory Committee (Joint RAC) to collaborate and recommend rule changes to the Board of Cosmetology (COS Board) and the Board of Certified Advanced Estheticians (CAE Board), including defining the term “device" within both the advanced esthetics and esthetics professions as required in HB 2970 (2021).​

​Direct Entry Midwifery Proposed Administrative Rules

​The Board of Direct Entry Midwifery, under the Health Licensing Office, has filed proposed rules with the Oregon Secretary of State.

The proposed rules will be published in the March 2023, Oregon Bulletin

You are invited to review the proposed rules and submit comments from March 1, 2023, through 12 p.m. (noon) on March 28, 2023. To submit your comments by email, send them to Samie Patnode at:

Cancellation of February 27th Joint Rules Advisory Committee Meeting

​The Board of Cosmetology and Board of Certified Advanced Estheticians reconvened an Esthetics and Advanced Esthetics Joint Rules Advisory Committee (Joint RAC) which met on January 30, 2023, to continue discussion regarding the requirements of HB 2970 (2021) related to collaboratively defining the term “device" within both the esthetics and advanced esthetics professions. 

Currently, the Joint RAC has meetings scheduled for February 27, 2023, and March 27, 2023.  The Health Licensing Office (HLO) will be canceling the February 27, 2023, meeting due to other time sensitive obligations and to allow adequate time to develop and research information on devices. The HLO still intends to hold its March 27, 2023, meeting from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Further decisions will be made on scheduling additional RAC meetings following the March 27, 2023, meeting.

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