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DQAC Update: 6/14/16

On Friday, June 3, the Dental Quality Assurance Commission (DQAC) held their fourth meeting of 2016 to discuss ongoing regulatory business. The meeting also included a public hearing to review the following rule proposals:

Delegated Duties for Dental Assistants and EFDAs

  • WAC 246-817-510: Definitions
  • WAC 246-817-520: Supportive services that may be performed by registered dental assistants
  • WAC 246-817-525: Supportive services that may be performed by expanded function dental auxiliaries (EFDAs)
  • WAC 246-817-540: Acts that may not be performed by registered dental assistants
  • WAC 246-817-545: Acts that may not be performed by expanded function dental auxiliaries (EFDAs)

The proposed rule amendments update the scope of practice (listing of allowable and prohibited tasks that may and may not be performed) for registered dental assistants and licensed expanded function dental auxiliaries. The scope of practice (list of allowable and prohibited tasks) has been an area of confusion for licensed dentists, registered dental assistants, and licensed EFDAs. 

After discussing the comments and concerns submitted by various stakeholders, it was determined that proposed rules required additional review by the Dental Assistant Scope of Practice Committee before receiving ultimate approval. The Committee is currently scheduled to meet on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. via conference call. Dental professionals and members of the public are encouraged to participate on the call and provide feedback. If you are interested in participating on the call, please contact DQAC’s Program Manager, Jennifer Santiago, at jennifer.santiago@doh.wa.gov.

License Without Examination for Dentists Licensed in Another State Whom Apply for WA Licensure

  • 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

The second hearing on June 3 included the review of proposed amendments relating to license without examination eligibility and application requirements. This proposal would remove unnecessary license requirements and application procedures and eliminate conflicts within the current state statute. This proposal was approved by members of the Commission and will now enter the final phase of the Department of Health’s rulemaking process. 

DQAC rulemaking typically occurs in three phases: CR-101: Inquiry, CR-102: Proposal and CR-103: Adoption.

The Commission also has the authority to expedite rulemaking through a CR-105 form. 

In addition to the aforementioned rule proposals, DQAC is also in the process of developing or amending the following sections of the Washington Administrative Code:

  • WAC 246-817-760: Moderate sedation with parenteral agents (Status: CR-102)
  • WAC 246-817-550 & 560: Acts that may be performed by licensed dental hygienists under general supervision and close supervision (Status: Tabled)
  • WAC 246-817-440: Continuing education (Status: CR-101)
  • WAC 246-817-340: Recording requirements for all prescription drugs (Status: CR-105)
  • WAC 246-817-160: Graduates of non-accredited schools (Status CR-103)
  • WAC 246-817-120: Examination content (Status: CR-103)

Interested stakeholders are encouraged to provide any comments related to the rule changes directly to DQAC’s Program Manager, Jennifer Santiago, at jennifer.santiago@doh.wa.gov.

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