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from the State Medical Board of Ohio

Three medical marijuana qualifying conditions approved

The State Medical Board of Ohio (SMBO) met virtually on June 9 and discussed the petitions to add six new qualifying conditions to the Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Program (OMMCP). After the discussion, the full board voted to accept 4 petitions and add Huntington’s disease, terminal illness (two petitions) and spasticity as qualifying conditions, effective immediately. The board also voted to reject the petitions for autism spectrum disorder, restless leg syndrome, panic disorder with agoraphobia and spasms. This brings the total number of qualifying conditions in the OMMCP to 25.

Under Ohio law, the following are qualifying medical conditions: AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, cachexia, cancer, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy or another seizure disorder, fibromyalgia, glaucoma, hepatitis C, Huntington’s disease, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, pain that is either chronic and severe or intractable, Parkinson’s disease, positive status for HIV, post-traumatic stress disorder, sickle cell anemia, spasticity, spinal cord disease or injury, terminal illness, Tourette’s syndrome, traumatic brain injury, and ulcerative colitis.

The next submission period is scheduled for Nov. 1 – Dec. 31, 2021.  Anyone may submit a petition requesting a condition be added to the OMMCP. If a condition has been previously rejected by the board, the new petition must contain new scientific information that supports the request. Details on the process can be found here.

Agendas posted for June 2021 Committee and Board Meetings

The State Medical Board of Ohio will livestream several meetings this week. These open meetings will be shared publicly on the board's YouTube channel.

June 8, 2:00 p.m. Respiratory Care Advisory Council agenda

June 9, 7:30 a.m. Finance Committee agenda

June 9, 8:15 a.m. FSMB Recommendations Review Committee agenda

June 9, 9:00 a.m. ICD-10 Code Data Review Committee agenda

June 9, 10:00 a.m. Board Meeting agenda


New CME requirement on the duty to report

As a licensee of the State Medical Board of Ohio, you have a statutory and ethical duty to report misconduct. You are obligated to report violations of law, rule and code of ethics standards to the Medical Board. Examples of misconduct include, but are not limited to, sexual misconduct, impairment, practice below the minimal standards of care, and improper prescribing of controlled substances. If you suspect or have observed inappropriate behavior by a health care professional or colleague, you should contact your local law enforcement immediately and file a complaint with the State Medical Board. Knowing a colleague is violating regulations and not reporting to the Medical Board not only puts patients at risk but also puts your license to practice in jeopardy. Licensees should not assume that by informing their supervisor their duty to report is fulfilled. Failure to report a colleague’s misconduct can result in fines of up to $20,000 and disciplinary action. Ohio law is clear when a licensee needs to report information directly to the Medical Board.

Effective May 31, 2021, MDs, DOs and DPMs are required to complete one hour of Continuing Medical Education (CME) prior to renewal on the topic of a licensee’s duty to report misconduct under section 4731.224 of the Revised Code. The enforcement of this requirement will commence with renewal applications submitted on or after July 1, 2021.

The board has created a one-hour course designed to educate physicians (MDs, DOs, DPMs) on the duty to report to the State Medical Board of Ohio. You are encouraged to read the Frequently Asked Questions and Tips and Technical Requirements on our website prior to watching the video. A certificate of completion will be provided for your records. At this time, you will need to take a screen shot of your certificate (please see the Tips and Technical Requirements document for more information). Your certificate will not include your name or have a date. You will also attest to the completion of the course at the time of your license renewal. As with all CME, records of completion should be kept in case of an audit (OAC 4731-10-08).

If the board discovers you failed to report a colleague’s misconduct, you may be disciplined by the board, up to and including permanent license revocation, and you may be ordered to pay fines up to $20,000. If you have observed inappropriate behavior or suspect another health care professional or colleague has crossed sexual boundaries with a patient, you should contact your local law enforcement immediately and file a complaint with the State Medical Board. 

To file a complaint you can visit, call the board’s confidential complaint hotline at 1-833-333-SMBO (7626) or visit Remember, provisions in the Ohio Revised Code make all complaints received by the board confidential.

If you have licensing or CME questions, please email

May 2021 eNews

The May issue of the Medical Board's eNews is available

  • personal crisis management plan for physicians

  • clarification on new HHS buprenorphine practice guidelines

  • House Bill 404

  • diagnosis and surveillance for tickborne diseases

  • COVID-19 updates

  • ICD-10 code reminder

  • licensee obligation to complete death certificates

  • board seeks subject matter experts

  • upcoming office closures

Agendas posted for May 2021 Committee and Board Meetings

The State Medical Board of Ohio will livestream several meetings this week. These open meetings will be shared publicly on the board's YouTube channel

Dietetics Advisory Council 5/10, 2:00 p.m. agenda

Policy Committee 5/12, 9:00 a.m. agenda

Board Meeting 5/12, 10:00 a.m. agenda

Medical Marijuana Expert Review Committee 5/12, 2:00 p.m. agenda

April 2021 eNews

The April issue of the Medical Board's eNews is available:

  • hearing for delegation of laser hair removal to cosmetic therapists

  • continuing education audits resume

  • Dietetics Advisory Council seeking members - deadline extended

  • tickborne diseases

  • Ohio Administrative and Revised Codes now published by Legislative Service Commission

  • COVID-19 updates

  • duty to report

  • death certificates

  • new prescriber compounding rules

  • subject matter experts

Deadline extended: accepting applications for dietetics advisory council member

Deadline extended to April 30, 2021

The Medical Board is seeking applicants for seats on the Dietetics Advisory Council.

The Dietetics Advisory Council, the council advises the board on issues related to the practice of dietetics. The time commitment is four (4) meetings per year in Columbus. Council members are reimbursed for actual and necessary expenses such as mileage and parking. The council has upcoming openings for four registered dietitians. 

The application can be found below. If you know of any person who meets this criteria and is interested in this great opportunity for community service, please encourage them to fill out an online application.

Dietetics Advisory Council Application

Agendas posted for April 2021 Committee and Board Meetings

The State Medical Board of Ohio will livestream its committee and board meetings beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 14. These open meetings will be shared publicly via livestream on the board's YouTube channel. The agenda can be viewed here.

Emergency rule for the delegation of laser hair removal to Cosmetic Therapists

Effective April 9, 2021, the Medical Board has adopted an emergency rule that allows physicians to continue to delegate laser hair removal to cosmetic therapists licensed by the Medical Board on or prior to April 11, 2021. This emergency rule will expire on August 8, 2021.

During this time, the Medical Board will also file permanent rules to allow physicians to continue delegation of laser hair removal to cosmetic therapists after the emergency rule expires.

This rule will not change the license status of Cosmetic Therapists due to House Bill 442. Effective April 12, 2021, Cosmetic Therapists will no longer be licensed by the State Medical Board.

Please email if you have additional questions.

Board seeking registered nurses

The Medical Board is seeking part-time, contract registered nurses. Duties include: review and evaluate patient records, billing records, and/or other documents or records provided by the board and provide written analysis as to whether the patient records and/or other documents reflect conduct in accordance with acceptable medical practice, state and federal laws, rules, regulations and administrative memoranda. If interested, please provide resume and contact information to Don Davis at