Pennsylvania Announces PHE Suspension and Waiver Extension

Pursuant to the March 26, 2020, declaration of disaster emergency relating to COVID-19, the Pennsylvania 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 expired a number of its suspensions  on August 17, August 31 and September 15, 2021. The remaining suspensions and waivers that were set to expire on September 30, 2021, were extended to March 31, 2022, by Act 73 of 2021, and then further extended to June 30, 2022, by Act 14 of 2022. Pursuant to the authority provided in Act 14 allowing agencies to terminate their own waivers and suspensions sooner than June 30, the Department expired additional waivers on May 23, June 6 or June 20.

On June 30, 2022, Act 30 of 2022 was signed into law, further extending active suspensions until October 31, 2022. All remaining suspensions and waivers of the Department, identified below, will now expire on October 31, 2022.

All waivers and suspensions that have expired to date are also provided below.

Please note that the waiver related to the issuance or extension of nurse temporary practice permits (TPPs) during the pandemic already expired, and therefore is not among the group of waivers that were extended by Act 14. As holders of those TPPs were advised previously, all such TPPs expired March 31, 2022.