The Ohio Respiratory Care Board is a single-program series agency with multiple functions. Established under Sub. S. B. 300 of the 118th General Assembly and signed into law under Chapter 4761 of the Ohio Revised Code, the Ohio Respiratory Care Board is responsible for the regulation of the practice of respiratory care in the state of Ohio. In 2005, the 125th General Assembly passed H.B. 105, establishing a licensing and certification requirement for home medical equipment facilities under Chapter 4752 of the Ohio Revised Code. The Ohio Respiratory Care Board's regulatory authority was changed to include HME facility regulation.
Listed in terms of priority, this regulation includes: (1) Licensing properly qualified respiratory care and HME providers and issuing limited permits to respiratory care program students, graduates, and experienced-based providers; (2) maintaining the active status of the board's licensees through timely renewal; (3) acting on complaints filed with the agency through investigation, inquiry and on site inspection of facilities; (4) establishing educational standards for respiratory care educational programs; and (5) monitoring compliance of mandatory continuing education for respiratory care providers. By law, the Board is also responsible for annually recommending improvements to the practice of respiratory care to the Governor and Ohio General Assembly. By carrying out the aforementioned mandates under Chapter 4761. of the Revised Code, the Ohio Respiratory Care Board seeks to provide the public in the state of Ohio with safe, competent respiratory care providers and home medical equipment facilities.
The Ohio Respiratory Care Board final filed five proposed rules on March 14, 2013.
One rule will rescind current rule OAC 4761-5-01 effective April 24, 2013. A new OAC rule 4761-5-01 will take its place on the same day. Three other amended rules were final filed: OAC 4761-5-04, eff. April 24, 2013, OAC 4761-8-01, eff. April 24, 2013, and OAC 4761:1-10-03 eff. March 29, 2013.
For more information on these rules, click here.
2013 Limited Permit renewal forms will be mailed on March 15, 2013. All limited permit expire on June 30, 2013. The Board recommends having applications filed at least two weeks prior the permit expiration date.
The Board no longer issued wallet sized I.D. cards. Instead, employers and licensees are directed to perform an online license verification using the Board's "License Verification" function located on this page. The "License Verification" feature is a primary source system for licensure verification.
The Ohio Revised Code requires those applying for a license or certificate issued by the Ohio Respiratory Care (Board) for the practice of respiratory care to submit fingerprints for an FBI (federal) and BCI (civilian) criminal records check completed by the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI&I).