Last week (March 3, 2014), the Dental Board of California announced three regulatory changes to the California Dental Practice Act, one proposed new regulatory package and two amendments that just became final.
Proposed New Regulations
Mandated by Assembly Bill 1524 of 2010, the proposed new regulations, Sections 1021-1039 of Title 16 of the California Code of Regulations entitled Portfolio Examination Requirements, would allow an alternative pathway for initial licensure for dentists, via portfolio examination at one of the six Board-approved dental schools in California.
Amended Final Regulations
On April 1, 2014, the following regulatory amendments to the California Dental Practice Act take effect.
- Section 1021 was amended to increase the fees assessed to dentists for initial licensure and biennial licensure renewal from $365 to $450. According to the Dental Board, the increase in fees was sought to correct a structural imbalance between its revenue and expenditures.
- Under the subject heading of Uniform Standards for Substance-Abusing Licensees, Section 1018 was amended, and Section 1018.01 was added, to adopt uniform standards to follow when disciplining an individual who has been identified as a substance abuser after a formal hearing.
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