ORS 676.165¹
Complaint investigation

(1) When a health professional regulatory board receives a complaint by any person against a licensee, applicant or other person alleged to be practicing in violation of law, the board shall assign one or more persons to act as investigator of the complaint.

(2) The investigator shall collect evidence and interview witnesses and shall make a report to the board. The investigator shall have all investigatory powers possessed by the board.

(3) The report to the board shall describe the evidence gathered, the results of witness interviews and any other information considered in preparing the report of the investigator. The investigator shall consider, and include in the report, any disciplinary history with the board of the licensee, applicant or other person alleged to be practicing in violation of law.

(4) The investigator shall make the report to the board not later than 120 days after the board receives the complaint. However, the board may extend the time for making the report by up to 30 days for just cause. The board may grant more than one extension of time.

(5) Investigatory information obtained by an investigator and the report issued by the investigator shall be exempt from public disclosure.

(6) When a health professional regulatory board reviews the investigatory information and report, the public members of the board must be actively involved. [1997 c.791 §5; 2009 c.756 §5; 2013 c.568 §18; 2017 c.101 §9]

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Board duties and powers in complaint investiga­tion and discip­line, (1998) Vol 49, p 32; health professional regulatory board duty to disclose investigatory in­for­ma­­tion to licensees or applicants, (2006) No. 8282; reports by per­son acting as both board investigator and expert witness, (2007) No. 8285

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 676—Health Professions Generally, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors676.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 676, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano676.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
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