Regulatory Compliance
The Dental Board and Cal/OSHA are not the only entities that regulate your practice. Find out about these other entities and how they can impact your practice. Start your Cal/OSHA compliance process by downloading our Regulatory Compliance Manual and customize it for use in your office. Also, download required documents, checklists, forms and more.
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Prescribing, dispensing, and administering controlled substances requires registration with the DEA and compliance with state and federal laws. Read this article to learn more about reporting lost/stolen drugs and prescription forms, disposing of controlled substances, and the state Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.
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This guide  includes excerpts from California Radiation Control Regulations Title 17. Dental practices with x-ray equipment are required to have a copy of this guide or a copy of Title 17. They also are required to have a written radiation safety program. A template for a radiation safety program is included in the guide, as well as information to provide pregnant employees. This guide is part of the CDA Regulatory Compliance Manual. Updated December 2013
This is a list of best management practices and information resources on managing amalgam waste.
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An updated guide to prescribing dental radiographs and limiting exposure to radiation was released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the American Dental Association last week. It updates the 2004 recommendations. The guide deals only with the standard dental imaging techniques of intraoral and common extraoral examinations, excluding cone-beam computer tomography (CBCT).    Read more >>
As of November 28, 2012, dental practices are required to post a new notice to consumers. Business and Professions Code Section 138 requires the Dental Board, and other licensing boards within the state Department of Consumer Affairs, to require a licensee to post a notice that informs consumers that the licensee is regulated by the state. The notice must be accessible to public view on the premises where dental services are provided. Required information must be in at least 48-point type.    Read more >>
Now that Election Day has passed, it appears the 2.3 percent medical device excise tax will go into effect as scheduled on January 1, 2013. The IRS has yet to publish final regulations, but its proposed regulations and responses to comments (available here) may provide insight to how the agency might enforce it.The tax may impact dental practices in the form of increased costs for purchasing supplies and equipment. The excise tax also applies to equipment leases. Many questions remain about the implementation of this tax, and it is not yet determined whether a dentist would be considered a "manufacturer" under the manufacturers and retailers excise taxes regulations (26 CFR Parts 40 and 48) and be required to pay the excise tax on such things as mouthguards and indirect restorations milled in the practice.    Read more >>
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