Pennsylvania to end pandemic-related licensing waivers

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WTAJ) — The Pennsylvania Department of State announced Friday that its professional licensing waivers issued under the COVID-19 disaster declaration are set to expire in several phases beginning on Aug. 17.

All waived and suspended regulations initiated because of the COVID-19 disaster emergency declaration will expire on September 30, 2021, unless terminated sooner according to the department. Licensed professionals and other individuals impacted by the waivers are urged to make every effort to return to compliance as soon as possible.

The nearly 100 waivers approved by the administration reportedly eased regulations temporarily to extended temporary practice permits and expanded scopes of practice for certain health professions, expedited reactivations to allow retired licensees to join pandemic response efforts more easily, and emergency temporary licenses for out-of-state practitioners who wished to help in Pennsylvania.

“The COVID-19 disaster declaration allowed us to mobilize our licensees to respond to this crisis while protecting the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians,” said Professional and Occupational Affairs Commissioner Kalonji Johnson. “With the end of the disaster declaration, licensees must go back to practicing and learning as they did pre-pandemic.”

More information on detailed waivers can be found on the Department of State website.

A list of all waivers and anticipated expiration dates can be found below:


  • State Board of Medicine
  • State Board of Osteopathic Medicine
  • State Board of Nursing
  • Sate Board of Pharmacy
  • State Board of Occupational Therapy
  • State Board of Physical Therapy
  • State Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
  • 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
  • State Board of Medicien Retired Professionals & Out of State Healthcare Professionals
  • Funeral Directors & Resident Interns
  • Dentists, Dental Hygiene& Clinical Examinations
  • Respiratory Therapy Students
  • Clinical Clerks
  • Crane Operators
  • Physical Therapists & Physical Therapists Assistants


  • Suspense of certain regulations for Nurse-Midwives
  • Pharmacists and pharmacies
  • Occupational therapy, psychical therapy, speech language pathologists
  • Dentists, oral surgeons, athletic trainers, chiropractors, podiatrists
  • Massage therapy students
  • Chirporactors, dentists, optemistrists, pharmacists


  • Suspension of nurse licensing requirements
  • Barbers, cosmetologists, accountants, nursing home administrators
  • Barbers, cosmetologists, crane operators, nurses and perfusionists
  • Perfusionists
  • Graduate medical trainees
  • Registered nurses and practical nurses
  • Federal and military medical personnel


  • Out of State Health Care Practitioners
  • Medical Doctors and the number of institutions with which they can be affiliated
  • Certified nurse midwives
  • Physician assistants
  • State board of nursing licensees
  • Certified registered nurse practitioners
  • Pharmacy practitioners and pharmacies in other states
  • Court reporters
  • Pharmacy-related waivers
  • Cosmetology apprentices
  • Physicians providing prescriptions
  • People administering vaccines

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