About the Board

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.

Board Mission


To protect and serve the public of Ohio by effectively and efficiently regulating the practice of Respiratory Care and Home Medical Equipment facility licensure and registration in the State of Ohio through the licensing of qualified practitioners and facilities, the establishment of standards for respiratory care educational programs and facility inspection standards, and the enforcement of the laws and rules governing both practices. 

Function of the Board

The Ohio Respiratory Care Board has dual functions: the licensing and regulation of respiratory care professionals under Chapter 4761 of the Ohio Revised Code and licensing and registration of Home Medical Equipment facilities offering to sell, deliver, rent, install, demonstrate, replace or maintain specified home medical equipment in Ohio under Chapter 4752 of the Ohio Revised Code.  read more...


Making a responsible difference for the citizens of Ohio --- byEfficient and Effective Licensing for Respiratory Care Professionals and Home Medical Equipment facilities, Enforcing Practice Standards and Promoting Professional Competency.

News and Events

Ohio Respiratory Care Board Reorganization - Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The Ohio Respiratory Care Board will cease operations on January 21, 2018

The new Biennial Budget, House Bill 49, abolishes the Ohio Respiratory Care Board and transfers its Home Medical Equipment duties to the Board of Pharmacy and its Respiratory Care duties to the State Medical Board on January 22, 2018.  At present 5 Respiratory Care Professionals and 2 Home Medical Equipment providers serve on the Respiratory Care Board along with 1 Physician Member and 1 Public Member.  In the reorganization, there will be two advisory councils for each field that would advise the Medical & Pharmacy Boards or a subcommittee of each, but licensing will be handled by the staff of the two existing Boards.

2017 Renewal Period - Monday, March 14, 2016

(2017 License Renewal Period - CLOSED)

Limited Permit Holders (L1. & L2.) 

Limited Permit Holders seeking to reinstate their limited permits must do so by filing online for reinstatement.  The Renewal Period was from March 15 - June 30.

Please call the Board (614-752-9218) if you need assistance!

2016 Annual Report - Friday, November 01, 2013

FY 2016 Annual Report available.

Click HERE to obtain copy.

Ohio's Human Trafficking Campaign - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Please click on the billboard below to visit the Ohio Human Trafficking Taskforces’s website

Rule 4761:1-3-02 amended effective June 4, 2014 - TENS Devices re-defined - Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Specific amendments to Rule 4761:1-3-02 will go into effect on June 4, 2014.  Among the amendments, the definition of Transcutaneous Electronic Stimulators (TENS) devices has been changed.  The new definition excludes TENS devices labeled by the food and drug administration (FDA) for over-the-counter use and are identified with the FDA product code "NUH.OTC.TENS."  

This change does not remove TENS devices from the list of defined home medical equipment, but refines the definition of TENS devices.  A copy of the rules effective on June 4, 2014, click - HERE.

Tips on Verifying a license in lieu of I.D. Card issuance and Continuing Education Compliance - Friday, October 15, 2010

The Board no longer issues 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.

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Contact the Board:

Ohio Respiratory Care Board

77 S. High Street, 16th Floor • Columbus, Ohio 43215
Tel: (614) 752-9218 • 
Fax: (614) 728-8691