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Important Information

from the State Medical Board of Ohio

Senate Bill 57 Legalizes Hemp Products in Ohio

Recent updates to state law (SB 57) changed the definition of marijuana in Ohio. Hemp and hemp products such as CBD oil, containing no more than three-tenths of a percent (0.3%) THC, are no longer considered to be marijuana in Ohio and are therefore legal to use outside of the medical marijuana program.

A physician, physician assistant, or massage therapist, acting within their scope of practice may apply CBD oil as a topical application if it has less than 0.3% THC. Similarly, hemp products can now be sold outside of a licensed medical marijuana dispensary. Please see more information from the Ohio Department of Agriculture, who is tasked with establishing Ohio’s Hemp Cultivation and Processing Program.

Medical Board licensees should also consider consulting with private legal counsel about the ramifications of the FDA’s caution against making unsubstantiated medical claims in the selling of hemp products such as CBD oil. See the FDA statement on the Agriculture Improvement Act at the following link:

Medical Board Adopts New Confidential One-bite Program For Practitioners Seeking Treatment For a Substance Use Disorder

On January 31, the State Medical Board adopted rules for Ohio’s new One-bite program: a confidential program that allows an eligible practitioner who is impaired due to a substance use disorder to avoid formal disciplinary action by the Medical Board. 

Eligibility for the One-bite program is determined by the Ohio Physicians Health Program (OPHP), the board-approved monitoring organization responsible for conducting the One-bite program. The program is available to all Medical Board license types, except applicants for licensure.

In order to be eligible for the confidential One-bite program, practitioners must meet the following criteria:

    1. Be diagnosed with substance use disorder and impaired in ability to practice.

    2. Be a first-time participant in the program

    3. Have no prior disciplinary action for substance use disorder or impairment by any              licensing board in Ohio


To maintain eligibility for the One-bite program, practitioners must complete treatment at an approved One-bite program facility, complete continuing care, enter into a monitoring agreement with OPHP, and comply with all conditions of treatment and monitoring.

OPHP will not disclose to the Medical Board the name or records relating to a practitioner participating in the One-bite program unless certain conditions exist. Participation in the One-bite program does not preclude the Medical Board from pursuing action for violating any other statute or board regulation.

If you think you may qualify for the One-bite program or know a colleague in need of help, please contact the Ohio Physicians Health Program at (614) 841-9690 or

For more information, see Sec. 4731.251 and 4732.252 of the Revised Code and Rule 4731-16-17 - 4731-16-21 of the Ohio Administrative Code.

Physician CME Audits

The board is currently conducting random CME compliance audits for physicians. We have partnered with CE Broker for CE/CME tracking and reporting. If you are selected for an audit, please follow the instructions in the email that you receive. If you need to register for an account with CE Broker or have questions, you can find additional information here.

Example of fraudulent letter

Scam Targets Ohio Physicians


Licensees should be on alert for a scam that has been reported in targeting Ohio physicians. During the reported incident, the scammer calls the physician’s office and says they are being investigated by the DEA for inappropriate prescribing and their license will be revoked if they do not agree to pay a fine immediately via phone or fax. In one such incident, the scammer even faxed a fraudulent document to the physician using the State Medical Board logo. Medical Board investigators have alerted our partners at the DEA of this scam and those agents will also be on alert. If you are contacted, please report the incident to local law enforcement and the Medical Board investigations division by calling 614-466-3934.

Please be aware that if the State Medical Board of Ohio is truly conducting an investigation and that individual faces action against their license, they will receive an official notice of opportunity for a hearing either via certified mail or by personal service. Further, information on all suspensions of Medical Board licenses and the payment of all Medical Board fines can be found via the official state website,

New Rules Effective July 31, 2019

New rules have been adopted by the Medical Board and are effective on July 31, 2019.


Limited Branches of Medicine

4731-1-02 Application of rules governing limited branches of medicine


Physician Licensure

4731-6-01 Definitions

4731-6-02 Preliminary education for medical and osteopathic licensure

4731-6-03 Eligibility for the medical and osteopathic examination

4731-6-05 Format of medical and osteopathic examination

4731-6-07 Passing average on examination – Rescinded

4731-6-10 Clinical competency examination –​ Rescinded

4731-6-14 Eligibility for licensure by examination

4731-6-15 Eligibility for licensure of national board diplomates and medical council of Canada licentiates

4731-6-16 Eligibility for medical or osteopathic licensure by endorsement of licenses granted by other states –​ Rescinded

4731-6-21 Application procedures for certificate issuance; investigation

4731-6-22 Abandonment and withdrawal of medical and osteopathic licensure applications

4731-6-30 Training certificates

4731-6-31 Limited preexamination registration and limited certification

4731-6-32 Clinical research faculty certificates –​ Rescinded

4731-6-33 Special activity certificates

4731-6-34 Volunteer certificates

4731-6-35 Processing applications from service members, veterans, or spouses of service members or veterans


Notice of Medical Board Meetings

4731-7-01 Method of notice of meetings


Anesthesiologist Assistants

4731-24-01 Definitions

4731-24-02 Anesthesiologist assistants: supervision

4731-24-03 Anesthesiologist assistants: enhanced supervision

4731-24-05 Military provisions related to certificate to practice as an anesthesiologist assistant


Standards and Procedures for Physician Prescribing When the Drug May be Administered by a Pharmacist

4731-34-01 Standards and procedures to be followed by physicians when prescribing a dangerous drug that may be administered by a pharmacist by injection


July 2019 eNews

The July 2019 issue of the Medical Board's eNews is available. Here are the highlights:


  • medical marijuana subject matter experts sought

  • new resources available for chronic and subacute pain prescribing

  • OMMCP update

  • free opioid tapering webinar

  • new EMS public record exemptions

  • office closure

  • board meeting dates

Click here to read the issue.


Notice of August 9, 2019 Public Hearing

Notice of August 9, 2019 Public Hearing

​A public hearing on proposed rules will be conducted on August 9, 2019, at 1:30 p.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.


Cosmetic therapy continuing education

4731-1-08 Continuing cosmetic therapy education requirements for registration or reinstatement of a license to practice cosmetic therapy - To be rescinded

4731-1-08 Continuing cosmetic therapy education requirements for renewal, reinstatement, or restoration of a license to practice cosmetic therapy - New rule


Cosmetic therapy examination; limited branch schools

4731-1-01 Definition of terms - To be amended

4731-1-11 Application and examination for certificate to practice cosmetic therapy - To be rescinded

731-1-11 Application and examination for certificate to practice cosmetic therapy - New rule

4731-1-13 Examination failure; additional training - To be rescinded

4731-1-18 Grounds for suspension, revocation or denial of certificate of good standing; hearing rights - To be amended

4731-1-19 Probationary status - To be rescinded

4731-1-19 Probationary status of a limited branch school - New rule


Criminal records check requirements. The requirements for applicants for all licenses issued by the Medical Board will be included in rules 4731-4-01 and 4731-4-02

4731-4-01 Definitions - To be rescinded

4731-4-01 Definitions - New rule applicable to applicants for any license issued by Medical Board

4731-4-02 Criminal records checks - To be amended


The following rules are proposed to be rescinded:

4730-3-01 Definitions (applicable to physician assistants)

4730-3-02 Criminal records checks (applicable to physician assistants)

4759-4-11 Criminal records check (applicable to dietitians)

4774-2-01 Definitions (applicable to radiologist assistants)

4774-2-02 Criminal records checks (applicable to radiologist assistants)

4778-2-01 Definitions (applicable to genetic counselors)

4778-2-02 Criminal records checks (applicable to genetic counselors)


Med Board Services Continue During Interim Budget

The State of Ohio is currently operating under a 17-day interim budget. Medical board services will continue uninterrupted. However, expenditures for non-payroll items (contractors, etc.) are temporarily suspended. This will impact the State Medical Board of Ohio Medical Marijuana Expert Review Committee meeting that was scheduled for July 10. That meeting is now estimated to take place on August 14.

Medical Board Considers New Conditions for Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program

The State Medical Board of Ohio discussed petitions it received to add qualifying conditions to Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Control Program during its June 12, 2019 meeting. The board voted to reject the petitions for depression, insomnia and opioid use disorder but decided to table votes on autism spectrum disorder and anxiety for additional discussion and review. 

Ohio Administrative Code 4731-32-05 allows the board to extend its six-month decision deadline if it determines good cause. Dr. Michael Schottenstein stated that the board should postpone a vote because the two new board members have not had adequate time to consider the more than 2,000 pages of petitions and expert reports about the conditions.

The Medical Marijuana Expert Review Committee completed its review of the expert reports on May 8, 2019. The committee voted to recommend autism spectrum disorder and anxiety to the full board. Click here to view the experts' reports.

Under Ohio law, all of the following are already identified as qualifying medical conditions: AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy or another seizure disorder, fibromyalgia, glaucoma, hepatitis C, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, pain that is either chronic and severe or intractable, Parkinson’s disease, positive status for HIV, post-traumatic stress disorder, sickle cell anemia, spinal cord disease or injury, Tourette’s syndrome, traumatic brain injury, and ulcerative colitis. These conditions were established by lawmakers in HB523. The legislation also tasked the Medical Board with adding additional conditions. The board is set to accept new petitions for additional conditions Nov. 1 through Dec. 31, 2019. A condition that has been rejected by the board will not be reconsidered unless new information, such as additional research or supporting evidence, is provided.

June 2019 eNews

The June 2019 issue of the Medical Board's eNews is available. Here are the highlights:

  • New rules effective May 31

  • new EMS public record exemptions

  • new board member appointments

  • new chronic and subacute prescribing resources

  • J-1 waiver deadline

  • accepting applications for dietetics council and physician assistant committee

  • medical marijuana control update

  • cosmetic therapy deadline

  • office closure July 4