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DQAC Update

The WSDA wants to ensure that our members are up-to-date on regulatory changes that will affect the dental profession and have the chance to voice their opinions. That being said, the Dental Quality Assurance Commission (DQAC) is currently in the process of revising several sections of the Washington Administrative Code governing the dental profession in Washington.

Rulemaking proposals have been submitted to the Secretary of Health for the following three sections: 

1. WAC 246-817-120: Examination content
This is a housekeeping measure that seeks to clarify which examinations are acceptable for dentist licensure and to change the name of an examination organization. The current rule contains the name of a testing organization that changed its name since adoption of the original rule. The commission also wants to ensure that complete examinations are required and evaluate whether examinations from other states and Canada are acceptable. 

A copy of the draft rule can be viewed here

Public comments for WAC 246-817-120 can be submitted to DQAC Program Manager Jennifer Santiago at jennifer.santiago@doh.wa.gov until December 1, 2015.

2. WAC 246-817-130: Licensure without examination for dentists: Eligibility
WAC 246-817-135: Licensure without examination for dentists: Application procedure
WAC 246-817-140: Licensure without examination for dentists: Licensing examination standards

On November 5, 2015, DQAC filed a CR 101 Preproposal Statement for Inquiry for WAC 246-817-130, 135 & 140. The commission is considering amendments which would update the licensing requirements detailed in rule. State statute (RCW 18.32.215) provides statutory requirements for dentists licensed in other states whom apply for a Washington state dentist license. Current rules related to licensure without examination are confusing and refer to license by examination requirements. This new language seeks to clearly identify license without examination requirements.

Stakeholders will be able to submit public comments in the coming weeks. 

3. WAC 246-817-701 through 760 & WAC 246-817-771 through 790: Dental administration of anesthetic agents
The proposed rules will clarify charting requirements and require use of pulse oximetry and electrocardiographic monitors. With this modification, Washington rules will align with national practice standards currently being used by dentists. 

A copy of the rule making order can be viewed here

A rules hearing for WAC 246-817-701 through 760 & WAC 246-817-771 through 790 will be held at DQAC’s December 11, 2015 meeting at the Department of Health Offices

Public comments can be submitted to DQAC Program Manager Jennifer Santiago at jennifer.santiago@doh.wa.gov until December 7, 2015. 

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