ORS 676.605¹
Purpose of Oregon Health Licensing Agency

(1) To provide for the more effective coordination of administrative and regulatory functions of certain health boards, councils and programs involved in protecting the public through the licensing and regulation of health-related professions and occupations practiced in this state under uniform mission and goals, there is hereby created the Oregon Health Licensing Agency.

(2) The mission of the agency is to serve the public by providing a uniform structure and accountability for the boards, councils and programs under its administration to protect the public from harm. The agency’s focus is to:

(a) Promote effective health policy that protects the public from incompetent or unauthorized individuals and allows consumers to select a provider from a range of safe options.

(b) Provide outreach and training to stakeholders to improve compliance with public health and safety standards, and to involve stakeholders in the regulation of the various disciplines and fields of practice.

(c) Form partnerships and work in collaboration with each constituency, local and state governmental agencies, educators, organizations and other affected entities to encourage diverse opinions and perspectives.

(d) Provide the boards, councils and programs with a standardized administrative forum and procedures for operation, fiscal services, licensing, enforcement and complaint resolution.

(e) Resolve disputes between regulatory entities regarding the scope of practice of persons licensed by those entities. [1999 c.885 §2; 2001 c.54 §1; 2005 c.648 §1]

Note: 676.605 (Purpose of Oregon Health Licensing Agency) to 676.625 (Oregon Health Licensing Agency Account) were enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but were not added to or made a part of ORS chapters 676 to 681 or any chapter or series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 676—Health Professions Generally, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors676.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
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