Recent News


Important Information

from the State Medical Board of Ohio

Cosmetic Therapy Exam Set for July 9

The date of the next Cosmetic Therapy exam is Tuesday, July 9. The application must be submitted before 5 p.m. on Monday, June 24. Click here for information and to submit an application.

April 2019 eNews

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

  • Accepting Comments for Proposed Subacute and Chronic Pain Rules and Proposed Military Rules

  • Did You Know - Physician Assistant Supervision Agreements

  • Free Webinar "Primary Care Providers and Gestational Diabetes: Identifying the Connection"

  • 2019 Board Meeting Dates

  • Ohio's Medical Marijuana Control Program Update

  • Cosmetic Therapy Exam July 9

  • New Email Address for Licensure, CME & Renewal Inquiries

Supervision Agreement Changes

​Effective September 2018, the State Medical Board of Ohio no longer requires Physician Assistant Supervision Agreements to be filed with or approved by the Board. Supervising physicians are responsible for keeping the completed and signed agreement with the physicians records and it must be readily accessible for on-site inspection.

Since supervision agreements are no longer filed with the Board, there is no expiration nor renewal of them. They are living documents that remain active until terminated. They can be amended at any time to change the scope of practice or PA responsibilities. For your convenience, you may use the forms below as your template or create your own documents.

For more information regarding supervision agreements, see ORC 4730.19



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License Renewal Deadline 4/1/19

Licenses will expire on April 1 for physicians, massage therapists and cosmetic therapists with a last name beginning with C or D. If your license is not renewed by that date, your license expires and you must cease practicing. Physicians with an expired license will be unable to log on to OARRS. 


All license renewals are processed online through the portal. Visa, MasterCard or Discover are accepted for payment. Renewed licenses will be valid until April 1, 2021.  

A short “how-to” video is available here or through the “Renew a License” link on the Medical Board’s homepage.  

Send your renewal questions to for help.

March 2019 eNews

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

  • Practitioner Diversion Awareness Conference

  • New Medical Board Rules Effective February 28

  • Reminder - April 1 Renewal Deadline

  • New Rules Governing OARRS

  • Public Hearing 3/12/19

  • Cultural Competency Guide

  • Ohio's Medical Marijuana Control Program Update

  • Cosmetic Therapy Exam 3/25/19

  • New Email Address for Licensure, CME & Renewal Inquiries

Click here to read the issue.

Newly Adopted Rules Effective 2/28/19

Amended, new and rescinded rules for Respiratory Care 

The Medical Board adopted new rules that were effective on February 28, 2019:


Amended and new rules (OAC Chapter 4761) 

Rescinded rules (OAC Chapter 4761) 



Practitioner Diversion Awareness Conference

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will be hosting two regional one-day Practitioner Diversion Awareness Conferences (PDAC) on Monday, March 18, and Tuesday, March 19, 2019. The same conference will be held both days and participants can attend either day. Seating is limited at these conferences and it is recommended that you register as early as possible. The conferences will be held at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel in Cleveland.

The Federation of State Medical Boards designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Click here for details and registration information

Notice of March 12 Proposed Rules Hearing

Notice of March 12 Proposed Rules Hearing

A public hearing on proposed rules will be conducted on March 12, 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.


Respiratory care professionals

4761-11-03 Board imposition of penalties – To be rescinded


Termination of the physician-patient relationship

4731-27-02 Dismissing a patient from the medical practice – To be amended

4731-27-03 Notice of termination of physician employment or physician leaving a practice, selling a practice, or retiring from the practice of medicine.

State Medical Board of Ohio Cultural Competencies Guide for Health Care Providers

Through collaborative efforts with numerous local, state and federal organizations, the State Medical Board of Ohio has created a brief guide for providers as an introduction to cultural competencies. This document draws on resources from across the country, including review and input from a diverse group of experts. The guide is meant to be a starting-point for developing linguistic and cultural competencies among health care providers. The SMBO understands that it can be challenging to provide best practices for demographic groups while trying to avoid generalities and assumptions. Therefore, feedback to improve the language in this guide is welcomed.

If you feel information should be reassessed or refined, please email us with your input: As outlined in this guide- no single person can be an “authority”; developing cultural competencies is an ever-evolving skill.


Click here to read the Cultural Competency Guide


Accepting Applications for Licensed RCP Council Member

The State Medical Board of Ohio is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for a licensed respiratory care professional council member on the Respiratory Care Advisory Council. The Board appoints the Respiratory Care Advisory Council to advise the Board on issues relating to the practice of respiratory care.


The statutory requirement for this seat is that the council member be licensed in respiratory care under Chapter 4761 of the Ohio Revised Code and actively engaged in the practice of respiratory care.


The Respiratory Care Advisory Council shall meet at least four times each year. The council member seat appointment will be for a 3-year term. The appointment will require attendance at quarterly meetings which generally run for 1-2 hours each quarter in Columbus. Members of the council are reimbursed for actual and necessary expenses associated with travel to Columbus for the meetings.


At council meetings, members of the council discuss issues relating to the practice of respiratory care in Ohio, and the council may submit recommendations to the Medical Board in the following areas: 

(1) Requirements for issuing a license to practice as a respiratory care professional or as a limited permit holder, including the educational and experience requirements that must be met to receive the license or permit;

(2) Existing and proposed rules pertaining to the practice of respiratory care and the administration and enforcement of this chapter;

(3) Standards for the approval of educational programs required to qualify for licensure and continuing education programs for licensure renewal;

(4) Policies related to the issuance and renewal of licenses and limited permits;

(5) Fees for the issuance and renewal of a license to practice respiratory care as a licensee or as a limited permit holder;

(6) Standards of practice and ethical conduct in the practice of respiratory care;

(7) The safe and effective practice of respiratory care, including scope of practice and minimal standards of care.       


If you are interested in serving as a council member, please submit an application by email to by February 25, 2019