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Health Licensing Office

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.

Information Line: (503) 378-8667

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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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Upcoming HLO closures due to state holidays

Mark your calendar and note that the Health Licensing Office (and all State of Oregon agencies) will be closed on the following day:

  • Monday, September 2, 2019, for Labor Day

Public Comment Period Open for Art Therapy Program Proposed Rules

​The Art Therapy Program under the Health Licensing Office has filed proposed rules with the Oregon Secretary of State. The proposed rules will be published in the August 1, 2019, Oregon Bulletin. You are invited to review the proposed rules and submit comments in writing from August 1 through 9 a.m. on August 28, 2019.

Permanent Rules Adopted for Laser Hair Reduction

Permanent rules were adopted on June 28, 2019, by the Board of Cosmetology and were filed with the Secretary of State's Office for an effective date of July 1, 2019. The permanent rule prohibits standard estheticians from performing laser hair reduction as it is now in the scope of practice for certified advanced estheticians. The Board considered public comment and the hearing officer report making no changes to the originally filed proposed rules.

Tattoo Ink Recall

The Oregon Health Authority, Health Licensing Office recently became aware of a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recall for several brands and types of tattoo ink that are being recalled due to contamination with microorganisms and thus, if used, could cause infection. FDA recall notice and product information.

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