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Waived and Suspended Licensing Regulations

Pursuant to the March 26, 2020 declaration of disaster emergency relating to COVID-19, the Department of State requested, and the Governor approved, nearly 100 regulatory suspensions and waivers. Many of those suspensions and waivers have already expired.

Act 21 of 2021 was signed into law on June 11, 2021.  It provided for an extension of active suspensions through September 30, 2021, unless terminated sooner than September 30 by the agency that issued the suspension.

The Department has identified a number of suspensions that are either no longer necessary or have already served their purpose in response to the disaster declaration but have not yet been formally rescinded or expired.  MEMO ABOUT COVID-19 REGULATORY SUSPENSIONS AND WAIVERS THAT WILL EXPIRE ON AUGUST 17, AUGUST 31 OR SEPTEMBER 15, 2021

Thereafter, pursuant to Act 21, all remaining suspensions and waivers of the Department will expire on September 30, 2021.  MEMO ABOUT COVID-19 REGULATORY SUSPENSIONS AND WAIVERS THAT WILL EXPIRE ON SEPTEMBER 30, 2021.

Licensees and other affected stakeholders are urged to return to compliance with all requirements without delay, but in any event no later than the relevant expiration dates set forth below.

Please continue to monitor this webpage for updated guidance.

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Expiring August 17

Retired/Inactive Professionals: Reactivations for retired healthcare practitioners & licensees who went inactive or allowed their license to expire or lapse related to the following boards:
State Board of Medicine, State Board of Osteopathic Medicine, State Board of Nursing, State Board of Pharmacy,State Board of Occupational Therapy, State Board of Physical Therapy, State Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology,

and the following specific license types:
Behavior Specialists, Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Expanded Function Dental Assistants, Funeral Directors, Nursing Home Administrators, Podiatrists, Practical Nurses (LPNs), Social Workers, Clinical Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Professional Counselors, Veterinarians, Veterinary Technicians.
Expiring: August 17

State Board of Medicine Retired Professionals & Out-of-State Healthcare Practitioners: Waiver extending the State Board of Medicine renewal deadline, continuing license reactivations for retired professionals (Note: The passage of Act 21 of 2021 extended the expiration date of temporary licenses issued to out-of-state healthcare practitioners to September 30th, 2021.)
Expiring: August 17

Funeral Directors & Resident Interns: The temporary suspension of the "10-Day Rule" for funeral directors and the automatic extension to 30 days during the emergency declaration, as well as an extension for funeral resident interns to have a gap in their training from 30 days to 120 days.
Expiring: August 17

Dentists, Dental Hygiene & Clinical Examinations: Waivers allowing alternatives to live-patient clinical licensing exams for all candidates for licensure and allowing for the ADEX Manikin Examination as a viable alternative for dental hygienists taking their clinical examination. (Note: This waiver expired but the State Board of Dentistry provided an extension, allowing applicants to have the option to take the manikin examination offered through the Commission on Dental Competency Assessments (CDCA), through December 2022)
Expiring: August 17

Respiratory Therapy Students: Waiver of Temporary Permit Rule for Respiratory Therapists.
Expiring: August 17

Clinical Clerks: This waiver expands clinical clerk services beyond providing services to patients in assigned hospitals.
Expiring: August 17

Crane Operators: This waiver allows crane operators more time to recertify.
Expiring: August 17

Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants: This waiver allows students about to graduate to take licensure examination prior to graduation.
Expiring: August 17

Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants: This waiver extends certain temporary licenses for OT's & OTA's
Expiring: August 17


Expiring on August 31

Suspension of certain regulations for Nurse-Midwives: This waiver allows for streamlined reactivations and suspends requirements related to identification of categories of drugs that a Certified Nurse-Midwife with Prescriptive Authority may prescribe or dispense.
Expiring: August 31

Pharmacists and Pharmacies: This waiver includes suspensions related to nonresident pharmacies, pharmacy technician supervision for remote processing, expiration of CPR certification, and pharmacy closure notification requirements.
Expiring: August 31

Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech Language Pathologists: These waivers expand the scope of practice that call for "Face-to-Face", "In-Person", or "On-Site" interaction.
Expiring: August 31

Dentists, Oral Surgeons, Athletic Trainers, Chiropractors, Podiatrists: These waivers allow for additional medical providers to help with COVID-19 operations outside of their traditional scope of practice.
Expiring: August 31

Massage Therapy Students: This waiver allows a limited number of massage therapy education hours to be earned via distance learning.
Expiring: August 31

Chiropractors, Dentists, Optometrists, Pharmacists and Podiatrist who hold Clinical Lab Permits to Order and Administer COVID-19 Tests: This waiver allows qualified Chiropractors, Dentists, Optometrists, Pharmacists and Podiatrists to be authorized to order and administer COVID-19 tests
Expiring: August 31


Expiring on September 15

Suspension of Nurse Licensing Requirements, such as fees, extending renewal deadlines, allowing nursing school graduates to apply for the graduate permit without sitting for the licensure examination, waiving the English language proficiency testing requirement for RN and PN Temporary Practice Permits, waiving the 1,500 hours of education requirement for licensure by endorsement and licensure by examination, and waiving the education equivalency for clinical nurse specialists (CNSs) for certification by endorsement.
Expiring: September 15

Barbers, Cosmetologists, Accountants and Nursing Home Administrators: This waiver extends fixed timeframes to take or complete education, examination, or training in order to receive a license.
Expiring: September 15

Barbers, Cosmetologists, Crane Operators, Nurses and Perfusionists:This waiver extends certain temporary permits and licenses for these professionals.
Expiring: September 15

Perfusionists: This waiver extends temporary licenses for graduate perfusionists.
Expiring: September 15

Graduate Medical Trainees: This waiver suspends certain administrative requirements for Graduate Medical Trainees.
Expiring: September 15

Federal and Military Medical Personnel: This waiver suspends certain licensing requirements for military medical personnel, including members of the National Guard, during the coronavirus emergency.
Expiring: September 15


Expiring on September 30

Out-of-State Health Care Practitioners: This waiver allows for the issuance of expedited temporary licenses to practitioners in other states to provide services to Pennsylvanians. The suspension applies to the State Board of Medicine, the State Board of Osteopathic Medicine, and the State Board of Nursing.
Expiring: September 30

Registered Nurses & Practical Nurses: This waiver extends Temporary Practice Permits issued to RNs and PNs applying for their Pennsylvania License by Endorsement on or before October 1, 2020.
Expiring: September 30

Medical Doctors and the number of institutions with which they can be affiliated: This waiver suspends the institutional-license requirements that limit qualified medical doctors to practice at no more than two affiliated facilities.
Expiring: September 30

Certified Nurse Midwives: This waiver suspends requirements related to the initial submission of collaborative agreements and changes to existing agreements and suspends requirements for Certified Nurse-Midwives with Prescriptive Authority.  
Expiring: September 30

Physician Assistants: This waiver allows physician assistants under the State Board of Osteopathic Medicine and the State Board of Medicine to assist with COVID-19 emergency response efforts more easily and effectively by suspending requirements pertaining to written agreements and several other items.
Expiring: September 30

State Board of Nursing licensees: This waiver permits Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners (CRNPs) who have collaborative agreements with physicians in a hospital or health system to collaborate with other collaborating physician(s) within the same hospital or health system without written and signed collaborative agreements. Also, this waiver permits CRNPs to collaborate with physicians from other states. Additionally, this waiver allows a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist to administer anesthesia in cooperation with a physician rather than a surgeon.
Expiring: September 30

Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners (CRNPs): This waiver permits CRNPs to practice outside of their specific clinical specialty, and to prescribe drugs related to the COVID-19 pandemic outside of the established formulary.
Expiring: September 30

Pharmacy Practitioners and Pharmacies in Other States: This waiver grants a suspension of certain licensure requirements to allow expedited temporary licensure to pharmacy practitioners and pharmacies in other states to provide goods and services to Pennsylvanians.
Expiring: September 30

Court Reporters: This waiver suspends the requirement for physical presence of notaries who are court reporters/stenographers participating in criminal, civil and administrative proceedings.
Expiring: September 30

Pharmacy Related Waivers: The sections of this waiver that will expire on September 30, 2021 include the suspension of the restrictive definition of "satellite pharmacy" which allowed ancillary sites during the COVID-19 emergency to be considered "satellite pharmacies", the suspension of the statutory emergency prescription section to allow pharmacists to issue a 30-day supply for an emergency script as opposed to a 72-hour supply only for nonscheduled legend drugs and schedule V controlled substances, and allowing pharmacists to dispense a 90-day supply of a medication (nonscheduled legend drugs) at one time by using the refills on the medication.
Expiring: September 30

Cosmetology Apprentices: This waiver suspends the 25 hours-per-week minimum requirement for individuals attempting to complete the necessary training hours for their cosmetology apprentice program.
Expiring: September 30

Physicians providing Prescriptions: This waiver suspends a State Board of Medicine regulation requiring physicians to provide paper prescriptions within 72 hours of issuing an emergency prescription by telephone.
Expiring: September 30

Pharmacists administering Influenza Vaccinations: This waiver allows pharmacists who are already authorized to administer the flu vaccine to administer any licensed, age-appropriate influenza vaccine to individuals 3 years of age or older.
Expiring: September 30

Pharmacy Interns administering Vaccinations: This waiver allows pharmacy interns to administer any age-appropriate influenza vaccination to children 3 years of age and older and administer COVID-19 vaccinations to persons who are at least 18 years of age, but only under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist who holds an active authorization to administer injectable medications.
Expiring: September 30

Eligible Supervisors for COVID-19 Vaccinations: This waiver broadens the definition of eligible supervisors to include other licensed and trained healthcare professionals whose current scope of practice allows them to immunize, thereby making it possible for pharmacy interns to administer COVID-19 vaccinations under the direct, immediate and personal supervision of a pharmacist OR certain other health care practitioners (such as physicians and surgeons, physician assistants, nurse-midwives, registered nurses and certified registered nurse practitioners).
Expiring: September 30

Nursing Students administering COVID-19 Vaccinations: This waiver permits nursing students who have expertise in the technical details of administering vaccines to serve as technicians, separate and apart from their clinical placements but without being licensed, to administer influenza and COVID-19 vaccines with supervision by a licensed healthcare practitioner.
Expiring: September 30

Pharmacists administering COVID-19 Vaccinations: This waiver allows a pharmacist who holds a valid Authorization to Administer Injectables to order and administer a COVID-19 vaccine without the need for an order from a licensed prescriber or a protocol approved/authorized by a physician or the medical staff of an institution; provided that any COVID-19 vaccine administration is performed in accordance with the applicable Emergency Use Authorization.
Expiring: September 30

Traveling Vaccinators: This waiver allows out-of-state healthcare providers to administer the COVID-19 vaccine in Pennsylvania.
Expiring: September 30

Retired Physicians and Nurses and other Healthcare Professionals administering COVID-19 Vaccinations: This waiver allows some retired physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to administer the COVID-19 Vaccine.
Expiring: September 30

Allowing Qualified Pennsylvania Vaccinators to administer COVID-19 Vaccine to 16 & 17-Year-Olds and 12 to 15-Year-Olds: This waiver allows qualified Pennsylvania vaccinators to administer COVID-19 Vaccine to 16 & 17-Year-Olds, as well as 12 to 15-Year-Olds.
Expiring: September 30

Volunteers administering the COVID-19 Vaccination: This waiver allows licensed volunteers under the State Board of Medicine, the State Board of Osteopathic Medicine, and the State Board of Nursing to administer vaccinations in settings that fall outside the definition of "approved clinic," including community-based, primary-care clinics and clinics in medically underserved areas.
Expiring: September 30

Clinical Clerks administering COVID-19 Vaccinations: This waiver allows clinical clerks licensed under the State Board of Medicine and the State Board of Osteopathic Medicine to assist in administering COVID-19 vaccinations across Pennsylvania, rather than just in the hospitals to which they have been assigned.
Expiring: September 30

Graduate Medical Trainees administering COVID-19 Vaccinations: This waiver increases the ability of Graduate Medical Trainees under the State Board of Medicine and the State Board of Osteopathic Medicine to administer the COVID-19 vaccination at various location through Pennsylvania, rather than their assigned medical training facility.
Expiring: September 30

Pharmacists delegating authority to administer COVID-19 Vaccinations: This waiver allows pharmacists to delegate the authority to administer COVID-19 vaccines to other licensed health care practitioners whose scope of practice includes the administration of injectable vaccines, or who have otherwise been authorized or made eligible to administer COVID-19 vaccinations by way of federal or state government action including but not limited to the PREP Act Declaration and its amendments.
Expiring: September 30

Out-of-State Osteopathic Physicians: This waiver suspended the practical examination requirement for out-of-state Osteopathic Physicians applying for licensure by endorsement.  
Expiring: September 30

Certified Nurse Midwives, Dentists, Dental students, Optometrists, Optometry students, Physician Assistants, Physician Assistant students, Podiatrists, Podiatry students, Respiratory Therapists, Respiratory Therapy students, Veterinarians, Veterinary students that may administer COVID-19 vaccines: This waiver allowed a number of professions that would not otherwise be able to administer COVID vaccines to participate n COVID-19 vaccination programs.
Expiring: September 30

BPOA Board Members and Physical Attendance at Meetings: This waiver suspends the requirements related to physical presence for BPOA (Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs) Board meetings.
Expiring: September 30

Physician Assistants assisting with emergency response efforts: This waiver suspends the statute allowing for supervision of no more than 4 Physician Assistants (PA) by a Physician. It also suspends the requirement that all physicians with whom a physician assistant is assisting be named on the written agreement as well as regulations that require contact information for at least two substitute supervising physicians. Further, suspension of the requirement that written agreements receive board approval and suspension of the requirement that temporary authorization to practice be issued for up to 120 days upon board receipt of a complete written agreement.
Expiring: September 30

Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons Licensed in Other States seeking Short Term Licensure in PA during the COVID-19 Emergency: This waiver utilizes the existing 'short-term camp license' and waives requirements that streamline the process for those seeking emergency issuance of license.
Expiring: September 30

State Board of Nursing Licensees: This waiver allows CRNPs to collaborate with other physicians without signed collaborative agreements and with physicians from other states. It also waives (1) the requirement for the English language proficiency testing requirements for RNs, (2) the required 1,500 hours of education for PN licensure, (3) the requirement for CRNAs to administer anesthesia in cooperation with a surgeon, (4) the need for board approval for CRNA graduates to practice, and (5) requirement to demonstrate educational equivalency for CNSs.
Expiring: September 30

Supervision Requirements for Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists: This waiver suspends all statutory and regulatory requirements for licensees of the previously named Boards that call for direct supervision or require contact/interaction that is "in-person," "face-to-face," "on-site," "on the premises" or the like.
Expiring: September 30

Real Estate Classes to be Livestreamed: This waiver allows approved providers of real estate education courses that have been approved for in-person instruction to livestream those courses to students.
Expiring: September 30

Barbers satisfying their 'theory course work' requirement hours through distance education: This waiver expands distance education hours permitted for barbers.
Expiring: September 30

Buprenorphine Treatment Via Telemedicine Expands Access to Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder: This waiver suspends the requirement that physician and surgeons must take an initial medical history and physical examination requirement to expand access to buprenorphine treatment to treat opioid use disorder.
Expiring: September 30

Cosmetology Students satisfying their education hours requirement through distance education: This waiver expands distance education hours permitted for cosmetology students.
Expiring: September 30

Cosmetology and Barber Licensure Through Career and Technical Education (CTE) PILOT PROGRAM: This pilot program provides additional opportunities for cosmetology and barber Career and Technology Center (CTC) students to earn educational hours and practical experience. It is also designed to allow CTC educators the flexibility necessary to assist these students in obtaining all the required education hours prior to their planned graduation date.
Expiring: September 30


Expired Waivers

Notaries/Physical Presence:  Limited Real Estate Transactions
Pennsylvania Provides Limited Suspension of In-person Regulatory Requirements for Notaries for Real Estate Transactions
Expired

Automatic 90-Day Extension for Temp. Permits (Barber/Cosmetology); Waiver of Notarization Requirement for Quarterly Reports (Cosmo Schools)
Pennsylvania Waives Certain Requirements for Cosmetologists and Barbers During COVID-19 Emergency
Expired

BCCO: Charity Renewal Deadline Extensions
Pennsylvania Extends Renewal Dates for Charitable Organizations During Coronavirus Emergency
Expired

Notaries – Power of Attorneys, Self-Executing Wills & Guardianship
Pennsylvania Allows Remote Notarization of Some Documents During Coronavirus Emergency
Expired

Lobbying Disclosure Quarterly Reports − Extension of Filing Deadline
Department of State Extends Deadline for Filing Lobbying Disclosure Quarterly Reports
Expired

Campaign Finance Reports − Temporary Waiver of Notarization
Temporary Waiver of Notarization Requirement for Campaign Finance Reports and Statements
Expired

CPR Certification (State Boards of Dentistry and Massage Therapy)
Department of State Temporarily Waives CPR Rules for Two Additional Professional Licensing Boards
Expired

Post Graduate Year (PGY) Level 2 and 3 Advancement and Exam Results Reporting
Pennsylvania Waives Certain Requirements for Graduate Medical Trainees During COVID-19 Emergency
Expired

Extension of Various Renewal Deadlines (due July 1 − Aug. 31, 2020)
Pennsylvania Extends License Renewal Deadlines for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists
Expired

BCCO: Association Filings (Business and Non-Profit)
Pennsylvania Gives Some Businesses More Time to File Corrected Paperwork During Coronavirus Emergency
Expired

Extension of Additional Temporary Licenses and Permits That Are Due to Lapse or Expire While Licensing Exams and Centers are Closed
Pennsylvania Extends Expiration Dates of Temporary Permits for Additional Licensees During COVID-19 Emergency
Expired

Pennsylvania Extends Application Expiration Dates for Real Estate Appraisers
Pennsylvania Extends Application Expiration Dates for Real Estate Appraisers
Expired

Notaries: Extension − 45-Day Appointment Rule
Pennsylvania Extends Appointment Deadlines for Notaries
Expired

Election Day Staffing in Polling Places Under Act 12 of 2020
Expired

PENNDOT Driver's License Expiration Extension
Pennsylvania Waives Certain Requirements for Acceptable ID for Notary Services During COVID-19 Emergency
Expired

Extension for Members of Pennsylvania National Guard to Apply for and Cast Federal Write-In Absentee Ballots
Expired

Renewal Extensions for Chiropractors, Dietitian-Nutritionists and Pharmacists
Pennsylvania Extends License Renewal Deadlines for Chiropractors, Dietitian-Nutritionists and Pharmacists
Expired

Further Extension of Renewal Deadline for Barbers
Pennsylvania Extends License Renewal Deadline for the State Board of Barber Examiners
Expired

Landscape Architects - Suspension of 50% Limitation for Online CEs
Pennsylvania Suspends Limitation on the Number of Online Continuing Education Hours for Landscape Architects
Expired

Cosmetology Schools − Measures to Assist in Reopening
Pennsylvania Waives Certain Requirements for Cosmetology Students and Cosmetology Schools During COVID-19 Emergency
Expired

Charities Deadlines
Pennsylvania Extends Deadline for Charitable Organization Registrations During COVID-19 Emergency
Expired

Nurse Renewal Extension
Pennsylvania Extends Renewal Deadlines for Certain Nursing Licenses
Expired

Practical Nurse Renewal Extension
Pennsylvania Extends Renewal Deadlines for Licensed Practical Nurses
Expired

Massage Therapy and Dentistry - CPR Certifications
Pennsylvania Further Extends Temporary Waiver of Certain CPR Rules for State Board of Massage Therapy and State Board of Dentistry
Expired

Pharmacy - CPR
Pennsylvania Further Extends Temporary Waiver of Certain CPR Rules for Pharmacists
Expired

Medical Board Renewal Extension
Pennsylvania Extends License Renewal Deadline for State Board of Medicine
Expired

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