PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
(Dental Quality Assurance Commission)
Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 246-817-510 Definitions, 246-817-520 Supportive services that may be performed by registered dental assistants, 246-817-525 Supportive services that may be performed by expanded function dental auxiliaries (EFDAs), 246-817-540 Acts that may not be performed by registered dental assistants or noncredentialed persons, and 246-817-545 Acts that may not be performed by expanded function dental auxiliaries (EFDAs) or noncredentialed persons.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 18.32.0365, 18.260.040, and 18.260.070.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Rule amendments are needed to clarify and amend practice standards regarding delegation of dental duties. Rule amendments will eliminate confusion for licensed dentists, registered dental assistants, and licensed expanded function dental auxiliaries regarding tasks that may or may not be performed.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.
Process for Developing New Rule: Collaborative.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Jennifer Santiago, Department of Health, Dental Quality Assurance Commission, P.O. Box 47852, Olympia, WA 98504-7852, phone (360) 236-4893, fax (360) 236-2901. Interested stakeholders may sign up for the dental commission's listserv at http://listserv.wa.gov/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=dental-qac&A=1. All rule-making notices will be e-mailed to the dental commission's interested parties list (listserv), Washington State Dental Association, Washington State Dental Hygienists' Association, Washington State Dental Assistants' Association, and local health jurisdictions.
November 15, 2010
Blake T. Maresh