ORS 684.010

As used in this chapter:


“Active senior” means a person who:


Is licensed under ORS 684.054 (Issuing license);


Is at least 60 years of age; and


Has been in practice for 25 years or more.


“Chiropractic” is defined as:


That system of adjusting with the hands the articulations of the bony framework of the human body, and the employment and practice of physiotherapy, electrotherapy, hydrotherapy and minor surgery.


The chiropractic diagnosis, treatment and prevention of body dysfunction; correction, maintenance of the structural and functional integrity of the neuro-musculoskeletal system and the effects thereof or interferences therewith by the utilization of all recognized and accepted chiropractic diagnostic procedures and the employment of all rational therapeutic measures as taught in approved chiropractic colleges.


“Chiropractic physician” means a person licensed by ORS 677.060 (Persons and practices not within scope of chapter), 684.025 (Application of chapter), 684.100 (Grounds for discipline of licensee or refusal to license), 684.155 (Additional powers of board) or 688.010 (Definitions for ORS 688.010 to 688.201) to 688.201 (Disposition of receipts) and this section as an attending physician.


“Drugs” means all medicines and preparations and all substances, except over-the-counter nonprescription substances, food, water and nutritional supplements taken orally, used or intended to be used for the diagnosis, cure, treatment, mitigation or prevention of diseases or abnormalities of humans, which are recognized in the latest editions of the official United States Pharmacopoeia, official Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia, official National Formulary, or any supplement to any of them, or otherwise established as drugs.


“Minor surgery” means the use of electrical or other methods for the surgical repair and care incident thereto of superficial lacerations and abrasions, benign superficial lesions, and the removal of foreign bodies located in the superficial structures; and the use of antiseptics and local anesthetics in connection therewith. [Amended by 1953 c.541 §2; 1975 c.492 §1; 1987 c.726 §1; 1995 c.493 §1; 1997 c.264 §4; 2005 c.627 §17; 2007 c.618 §1; 2009 c.697 §9; 2009 c.756 §49]

Source: Section 684.010 — Definitions, https://www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/bills_laws/ors/ors684.­html.

Notes of Decisions

Acupuncture is not authorized as “minor surgery” or anesthesia under this section. State v. W. Sam Won, 19 Or App 580, 528 P2d 594 (1974), Sup Ct review denied

Decision of Board of Chiropractic Examiners that vasectomy is not within definition of “minor surgery” was within legislative policy because reasonable interpretation of that term. Samuel v. Board of Chiropractic Examiners, 77 Or App 53, 712 P2d 132 (1985), Sup Ct review denied

Legislature meant those procedures that were not included within definition of minor surgery were major surgery. Samuel v. Board of Chiropractic Examiners, 77 Or App 53, 712 P2d 132 (1985), Sup Ct reviewdenied

Where Board of Chiropractic Examiners’ rule regulating dry needling, practice that does not fall under statutory definition of practices over which Board has regulatory authority, Board had exceeded statutory grant of authority. Assn. of Acupuncture v. Board of Chiropractic Examiners, 260 Or App 676, 320 P3d 575 (2014)

Attorney General Opinions

Authority of licensee to practice obstetrics, (1972) Vol 35, p 1267; Authority of licensee to purchase and use prescription local anesthetic and antiseptic substances for minor surgery, (1978) Vol 38, p 2231; use of prescription drugs, controlled substances and injectable anesthetics, (1980) Vol 40, p 392

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