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Respiratory Care Licensing

***COVID-19 UPDATES***

COVID-19 Guidance and Best Practices

For the most up to date information on the District's response to COVID-19, including information on best practices, licensure waivers, and recommended guidelines, please go to coronavirus.dc.gov.

Closure of Walk In Services

Due to ongoing efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19, effective immediately the Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (HRLA) is implementing a 100% telework policy, and will be available for mail services only.  No walk-ins or appointments are allowed.  Please submit all applications and supplemental documents via mail to HRLA 1, PO Box 37802, Washington, DC 20013.  If you are already in contact with a Health Licensing Specialist (HLS), please forward any documents to said HLS via email.

If you require assistance from the Board of Respiratory Care, please contact Ashley Balma at [email protected].

Licensure Waivers

In response to COVID-19, DC Health has waived all licensure requirements for practitioners who are licensed in good standing in another jurisdiction.  You can read more about the waiver process HERE.

Virtual Board Meetings

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all board meetings will be held virtually during the declared public health emergency. Information on how to access the public portion of the meeting is listed on the Open Session Agenda.

 


The Board of Respiratory Care regulates the practice of respiratory care in DC. The Board advises the Mayor and enforces the law. The Board also evaluates applicants' qualifications, administers examinations, recommends standards and procedures, issues licenses, and make reports. Members must file personal financial disclosure statements. The Board consists of five members appointed by the Mayor and approved by the council: three respiratory therapists licensed in District, one physician with knowledge and experience in the practice of respiratory care, and one consumer member. Licenses expire on January 31 of odd years.  

The Board meets bi-monthly on the second Monday. Please note that meeting dates can change. In 2020, the Board plans to meet on the following dates:
  • February 10
  • May 11 
  • July 30 (Virtual meeting)
  • November 9
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