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Important Information

from the State Medical Board of Ohio

Renewal System Downtime

IMPORTANT – License Renewal Information

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. Use a compatible browser such as Internet Explorer or Safari.

  • All other license holders with a July 1, 2017 renewal deadline: Consider renewing before June 2 to avoid system outages. Click here to renew: Chrome is the preferred browser for the elicense system.

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.

OARRS Site Downtime

Important Information Regarding Your OARRS Account

The Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System (OARRS) is upgrading to the PMP AWARxE software platform on Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

On April 20, 2017, The OARRS registration function will be disabled to allow for the upgrade to the new system. Anyone wishing to register for an OARRS account should register prior to April 20, 2017. 

For additional information about the upcoming transition, including information regarding the transfer of your OARRS account, please visit:

CT Exam Date Set for July 7

The date of the next Cosmetic Therapy exam will be Friday, July 7, 2017. The application must be submitted before 5pm Monday, June 26, 2017. Click here to submit an application.

Website Downtime

Part of the State Medical Board of Ohio’s online system will be down for maintenance on Thursday, April 6th. From 6-9p.m. users will not be able to access any information on the following licenses during that time:

Cosmetic therapist, massage therapists, physician assistants, acupuncturist, oriental medicine, anesthesiologist assistants, radiologist assistants, genetic counselor, limited branch schools.

Acute Prescribing Rules Proposed

Board President, Dr. Amol Soin, joined Governor John R. Kasich and other leadership to announce new limits on prescription opiates on Thursday, March 30. The state began creating its voluntary guidelines in 2012. After close analysis of the state’s electronic prescribing data in OARRS, Ohio will now take the next step to update its policies to place commonsense limits on opiate prescribing for acute pain. The changes can lead to an estimated reduction of opiate doses in Ohio by 109 million per year while preserving the ability of clinicians to address pain in a competent and compassionate way. These proposed rules will be discussed by the Medical Board during the April 12 policy committee meeting and then proceed into Ohio’s standard rule review and adoption process. Further information and specific prescribing information will be provided by the State Medical Board of Ohio once the rules are finalized, but before they become effective.


Acute Prescribing Rules FAQs

For more information on the proposed rules, click here.

The State Medical Board of Ohio recognizes and celebrates physicians on National Doctors' Day 2017.

In 1990, legislation was introduced in the House and Senate to establish a national Doctors' Day. Following overwhelming approval by the United States Senate and the House of Representatives, on October 30, 1990, President George H. W. Bush designated March 30th as "National Doctors' Day.

March 30th was selected because it is the anniversary of the first use of general anesthesia in surgery.

Update for Prescribers

The Ohio Board of Pharmacy has recently published a number of guidance documents regarding recent law and rule changes that may impact your prescribing practices.

  • TDDD Requirements for Controlled Substances: All locations that possess controlled substances are required to obtain licensure as a category III terminal distributor of dangerous drugs. Please be advised that this requirement takes effect on April 6, 2017. More information on this provision can be found by visiting:

  • Office-Based Opioid Treatment: Effective August 4, 2017, all locations that treat more than 30 individuals for opioid dependence or addiction using a controlled substance are required to obtain a license as a terminal distributor of dangerous drugs with an office-based opioid treatment classification. Please be advised that there are some exemptions to this requirement. More information on this provision can be found by visiting:

  • Effective April 1, 2017, all prescribers that possess compounded drugs or engage in the compounding of dangerous drugs (i.e. prescription drugs) must obtain a license as a terminal distributor of dangerous drugs (ORC 4729.541). More information on this provision can be found at: