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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 16 boards, councils and programs in the State of Oregon.

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The Health Licensing Office is located at 1430 Tandem Ave. NE, Suite 180, Salem, OR 97301


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Board of Direct Entry Midwifery - Amended Fiscal Impact Statement & Extended Public Comment Period to June 4

The Health Licensing Office has amended the Statement of Need and Fiscal Impact for direct entry midwifery proposed administrative rules. The amendments relate to the public, consumers and small businesses. An agency may amend a filing if the agency developed the fiscal impact statement with the assistance of an advisory committee.

Further, public comment has been extended until June 4, 2019, at 5 p.m. to allow interested parties to provide additional “data and views” regarding the proposed rules and the fiscal impact statement.

Hearing Date Changed: Standard Estheticians Prohibited From Performing Laser Hair Reduction after July 1, 2019 - We Want Your Feedback

Date changed for public hearing. Individuals will have the opportunity to make verbal comments at the upcoming rulemaking hearing on June 17, 2019. Individuals will also have the opportunity to submit written comments during the rulemaking public comment period from June 1 through June 28, 2019, at 8 a.m. All comments must be received by June 28th at 8 a.m. for them to be considered. The Board must consider all comments when making their final rule decisions.

Seeking Members to Fill Vacancies on Board of Denture Technology

​​The Health Licensing Office is seeking volunteer citizens to serve on the Board of Denture Technology (Board). The current vacancies are:

  • One active licensed Denturist
  • Two Public Members

Esthetics Versus Advanced Esthetics - In Scope of Practice or Out

​​The Health Licensing Office frequently gets inquiries regarding whether certain procedures, products or practices including use of specific devices or technologies are within either esthetics or advanced esthetics.

In order to determine whether a certain practice or procedure is within the scope of practice for any regulated profession we turn to the Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS or law). The law provides a broad framework in terms of what is in scope of practice and what is not.

The Office has provided a simplified tool to help individuals determine if certain practices, procedures or products are within the scope of practice of esthetics or advanced esthetics or neither.

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