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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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 >>
In order to help dental offices which have received invoices for unordered products or services, CDA has prepared a sample letter for a dental practice to use in notifying a company that its actions are not allowed under federal and state law, and a continuation in collection efforts may result in legal action against the company.    Read more >>
AB 929 (Oropeza), enacted in 2005, required the state Department of Public Health (DPH) to adopt regulations "to require personnel and facilities using radiation-producing equipment for medical and dental purposes to maintain and implement medical and dental quality assurance standards that protect the public health and safety by reducing unnecessary exposure to ionizing radiation, while ensuring that images are of diagnostic quality." Those regulations received final approval last month and become effective October 3, 2012.    Read more >>
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Before prescribing fluoride, check the state Department of Public Health website for fluoridation levels in your patients' communities. The link to the site can be found on the External Links/Clinical Resources page at cda.org/practicesupport.