Limited Branch of Medicine Rules

Comments due October 14, 2022


The State Medical Board of Ohio has filed proposed actions concerning rules with the Common Sense Initiative Office. The proposals are available for your comment.

A state rule-making agency may propose to adopt a new rule, amend or rescind an existing rule, or propose to continue a rule without any changes. Executive Order 2011-01K and Sections 107.62 and 121.82, Ohio Revised Code, require state agencies to draft rules in collaboration with stakeholders, assess and justify any adverse impact on the business community, and provide an opportunity for the affected public to provide input on the proposed rules. The Business Impact Analysis for the proposed rules discusses the purpose of the rule and identifies the nature of the adverse impact on licensees. The Common Sense Initiative review most be completed before the rules can begin the formal rule-making process through the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review. 

At this time, public comment is being sought on the proposed actions for the following rules.  Below is a link to the rule(s) and the Business Impact Analysis filed with the Common Sense Initiative.


Limited Branch Rules

4731-1-01 Definition of terms   Proposed to Amend

4731-1-02 Application of rules governing limited branches of medicine or surgery   Proposed to Amend

4731-1-03 General prohibitions   Proposed to amend

4731-1-04 Scope of practice: mechanotherapy   Proposed to Amend

4731-1-05 Scope of practice: massage therapy   Proposed to Amend

4731-1-07 Eligibility of Ohio licensed electrologists  to obtain licensure as cosmetic therapists  Proposed to Rescind         

4731-1-08 Continuing cosmetic therapy education requirements   Proposed to Rescind

4731-1-09 Cosmetic therapy curriculum requirements   Proposed to Rescind

4731-1-10 Distance education   Proposed to Rescind

4731-1-11 Application and examination for certificate to practice cosmetic therapy    Proposed to Rescind

4731-1-12 Application and examination for certificate to practice massage therapy    Proposed to Amend

4731-1-15 Determination of standing of school, college or institution   Proposed to Amend

4731-1-16 Massage therapy curriculum requirements   Proposed to Rescind

4731-1-17 Instructional staff in Ohio CT and MT programs   Proposed to Amend

4731-1-18 Grounds for suspension, revocation or denial of certificate of good standing  Proposed to Rescind

4731-1-19 Probationary status of a limited branch school   Proposed to Rescind


Comments on the proposed rules must be received no later than October 14, 2022.  Please provide comments to both of the following:


Medical Board at:


Common Sense Initiative Office at: