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 Rule Changes & Other News

The Board held a public rulemaking hearing on October 20, 2016. At its regular Board meeting on October 21, 2016, the Board voted on to adopt a new rule to be effective November 1, 2016. The Board also voted on to adopt 4 other new rules, amended 26 other rules and chose to repeal 8 existing rules - all of these changes are effective March 1, 2017.


 The information regarding the new rule - OAR 818-001-0083 Relief from Public Disclosure, which is effective Nov. 1st, can be viewed at this link OAR 818-001-0083.  Any Licensee that is interested in taking advantage of this new rule should contact the Executive Director, Stephen Prisby. Your request will be submitted and considered by the full Board at its next Board Meeting.


 The information regarding the other rule changes, which are effective March 1, 2017, can be viewed at this link All Rules – Effective March 1- 2017​​​.

 

Oregon Dental Association (ODA) Best Management Practices (BMP)- UPDATE

All Oregon dentists should be aware that the ODA’s BMP has implemented a new rule effective October 24, 2016, that prohibits the use of oxidizing line cleaners used in conjunction with Amalgam Separators. Line cleansers with bleach can dissolve mercury from amalgam particles in dental wastewater.  The rule has been updated in the ODA’s Best Management Practices (BMP) to reflect the following addition: “Line cleansers with bleach can dissolve mercury from amalgam particles in dental wastewater. Use line cleansers that do not contain bleach or chlorine”.

For a list of safe line cleansers can be view at this link:  http://www.oregondental.org/government-affairs/regulatory-information/amalgam.​

 

 “ORS 679.520 Treatment of dental waste materials containing mercury. (1) A dentist who places in or removes from the human oral cavity dental materials containing mercury shall:

      (a) Implement and maintain best management practices of dental wastes as developed by the Oregon Dental Association to prevent amalgam waste and mercury from entering the air, sewage systems, waterways and garbage;”


IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING DENTAL ASSISTANTS

 Effective July 1, 2016 the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) will be processing all of Oregon’s dental assisting certifications including Certification by Credentials.

 

For information on becoming certified by Credential in Oregon, please contact DANB after July 1 to obtain application forms.  All other pathways to obtain certification in Oregon are available on DANB’s website at http://www.danb.org/Home/Meet%20State%20Requirements/State-Specific-Information/Oregon.aspx

 

If you have any questions, regarding obtaining an Oregon certification, please call 1-800-367-3262 or email danbmail@danb.org

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Verification of Oregon Dental Assistant Certifications

 Following is the link to verify if a dental assistant is certified in Oregon:

http://www.danb.org/home/The-Dental-Community/Credential-Verification.aspx.

 
 
Reminder

      *Effective January 1, 2015 all Licensees must maintain at a minimum a current BLS for Healthcare Providers certificate or its equivalent.