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Important Information

from the State Medical Board of Ohio

A Public Rules Hearing Will Be Held on July 26, 2017

A public hearing on proposed rules will be held on July 26, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in the Lobby Hearing Room, Rhodes State Office Tower, 30 E. Broad Street, 1st Floor, Columbus, OH 43215. Oral and written testimony may be presented by any person affected by the proposed rules.

Notice of July 26, 2017 Public Hearing

Rules 4731-11-01, 4731-11-02 and 4731-11-13

The rules are applicable to the prescribing of controlled substances. Rule 4731-11-13 is proposed as a new rule applicable to prescribing opiate analgesics for acute pain. The rules will be applicable to physicians and physician assistants. 


New online system for MD, DO and DPM Licensees is LIVE

All MD, DO & DPM license applications and payments are now processed online in the eLicense system. These groups join our other licensees already operating in the online system.

If you are a first-time MD, DO, DPM or Training Certificate applicant, you can learn how to navigate eLicense here: 


For assistance registering for an account in the portal, learn more here:


For additional support, please contact


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Newly Adopted and Amended Rules

The Medical Board adopted new and amended rules that are effective on 6-30-17.

Podiatric licensure rules: 4731-12-01, 4731-12-02, 4731-12-04, 4731-12-05, 4731-12-06 and 4731-12-07. (Please note: Rule 4731-12-03 was filed as a “no change” rule and will continue on without having to be re-adopted.)

Standards and procedures for the operation of a pain management clinic: 4731-29-01


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MD, DO and DPM Licensees

Physician license application and renewal is unavailable June 9 – 19 while the State Medical Board of Ohio converts MD, DO, DPM licenses, training certificates, special certificates and supervision agreements to a new online system. There will also be limited access to records and pending applications during the conversion. Starting June 19 all license applications will be online and paper applications/checks will no longer be accepted.


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Coming Soon! NEW eLicense System



Upcoming Holiday Closure in Honor of Memorial Day

The Medical Board’s office will be closed on Monday, May 29, 2017 in honor of Memorial Day. The office will reopen on Tuesday at 8 a.m.

A Public Hearing Will Be Held June 23, 2017

​A public hearing will be held on June 23rd at 1:30 p.m. in the Lobby Hearing Room of The Rhodes State Office Tower. It is located at 30 E. Broad Street, 1st Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215. Oral and written testimony may be presented by any person affected by the proposed rules.

Click here for information about the proposed rule rescissions, amendments and adoptions.

Renewal Systems are Anticipated to be Unavailable from June 2 – June 19. Renew Now!

If your license expires July 1, you are strongly encouraged to renew NOW. The State Medical Board of Ohio will be changing online licensure websites in June 2017. All systems are anticipated to be unavailable from June 2 – June 19. You will not be able to renew your license during the outage.

  • Physicians and Training Certificate holders with an approaching renewal deadline: You are strongly encouraged to renew your license BEFORE June 2. Log on to to get started. Chrome will not work properly with the physician online renewal website.

  • All other license holders with a July 1, 2017 renewal deadline: Consider renewing before June 2 to avoid system outages. Click here to renew:

Renewing early does not change future license expiration dates. Paper licensure applications for MD, DO, DPM and training certificates will not be accepted after June 19.

SMBO files Prescribing of Opioid Analgesics for Acute Pain rules with Common Sense Initiative Office.

At this time, public comment is being sought on the proposed actions for the following rules. The rule number is a link to the rule and the Business Impact Analysis filed with the Common Sense Initiative.

Prescribing of Opioid Analgesics for Acute Pain

  • 4731-11-01          Definitions (related to controlled substances)

  • 4731-11-02          General provisions (related to controlled substances)

  • 4731-11-13          Prescribing of opioid analgesics for acute pain

  • Business Impact Analysis

  • Comments on the proposed rules must be received no later than May 26, 2017. Please send comments to the Medical Board and to the Common Sense Initiative Office.

  • Please provide comments to both of the following:

  • Questions may be directed to: Sallie Debolt, Senior Counsel, State Medical Board of Ohio at

Important Update from OARRS

On April 25, 2017, the Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS) upgraded to its new software platform. 

While every attempt was made to ensure a smooth transition, the Pharmacy Board is aware of some access issues and is working diligently to correct these issues.

For those currently experiencing access issues, please be aware of the following:

  • The new system uses e-mail addresses rather than user names. If you do not recall the e-mail address linked to your OARRS account, you will have to contact the Pharmacy Board at 614-466-4143 option 1, or by email at Due to the upgrade, they are experiencing higher volumes of phone calls and emails than usual. They will address your issue as soon as they can.

  • The new system cannot import your previous password. All users are required to reset their passwords when they login for the first time. To reset your password, use the Password Reset link on the login page. If your account is not able to be found, please register for a new account. If you are otherwise unable to reset your password, please call the Pharmacy Board at 614-466-4143, option 1.


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