Department of State to roll back remaining professional licensing waivers


HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Department of State today announced that its professional licensing waivers issued under the COVID-19 disaster declaration will begin expiring in phases starting May 23. All waivers will expire by June 30.

The legislature ended the COVID-19 disaster declaration in June 2021, while extending some license waivers. Without a disaster declaration, the governor and the department cannot further extend the waivers. Legislative action is necessary to extend any active waiver.

Under Act 14 of 2022, all waived and suspended regulations initiated because of the COVID-19 disaster emergency would expire June 30, 2022, unless terminated earlier. Licensed professionals and other individuals affected by these waivers should make every effort to return to compliance based on the pending expiration dates (see list below).

In 2020, the administration approved nearly 100 waivers that temporarily eased regulations to allow such things as expanded scopes of practice for certain health professions, expedited reactivations to allow retired licensees to join pandemic response efforts more easily, expanded online continuing professional education options and emergency temporary licenses for out-of-state practitioners who wanted to help in Pennsylvania.

“The COVID-19 disaster declaration allowed us to mobilize our licensees to respond to the pandemic while protecting the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians,” said Professional and Occupational Affairs Acting Commissioner Arion Claggett.

The department is notifying licensing boards, licensees, and stakeholders about the expiring waivers. A list of all waivers and scheduled expiration dates is available on the Department of State website.

The following waivers will expire May 23, 2022:

The following waivers will expire June 6, 2022:

The following waivers will expire June 20, 2022:

The following waivers will expire June 30, 2022:

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