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


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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.

Permanent Rules Adopted for the Respiratory Therapist and Polysomnographic Technologists Licensing Board

​Permanent rules for the Respiratory Therapist and Polysomnographic Technologist Licensing Board were adopted on February 28, 2019, by the Health Licensing Office and became effective March 15, 2019.  Effective rules have been published in the February 2019 Oregon Bulletin and are available on the Secretary of States website.  Current rules can also be accessed on the Board’s laws and rules web page.

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

​During the 2015 Legislative Session HB 2642 was enacted adding the Board of Certified Advanced Estheticians under the Health Licensing Office (HLO) to regulate advanced non-ablative esthetics. This additional regulation changed the scope of practice for standard esthetics by adding hair removal or reduction using a laser or other United States Food and Druc Administration (US FDA) registered device to the scope of practice for advanced non-ablative esthetics.

Hearing Aid Specialist Proposed Rules for Temporary License

​The Advisory Council on Hearing Aids under the Health Licensing Office has filed proposed rules with the Oregon Secretary of State. The rules clarify the qualification to obtain a temporary hearing aid specialist license.

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