Gov. Gavin Newsom on Oct. 8 signed into law CDA-sponsored legislation that allows California-licensed dentists to apply for the requisite laboratory licensure to administer rapid COVID-19 tests in the dental office. AB 526, authored by Assemblymember Jim Wood, DDS (Santa Rosa), also gives dentists permanent authority to administer FDA-approved or FDA-authorized COVID-19 and influenza vaccines as described.
CDA received confirmation from state officials that dentist employers with the CLIA Certificate of Waiver and LFS Lab Registration can administer waived COVID-19 tests to dental team members who are not patients of record to comply with state and local public health orders that are now in effect. Waived tests are simple tests that typically generate results quickly and have a very low risk of incorrect results.
Dentist employers who do not wish to administer tests in the office can either arrange for dental team members to obtain weekly COVID-19 tests off-site at community testing sites, including pharmacies, or provide over-the-counter rapid COVID-19 tests for patients or dental team members to self-conduct. Team members must report their test results to their employer.
Dentists who are considering expanding their practice to include rapid COVID-19 testing should read CDA’s updated COVID-19 Laboratory Testing Toolkit for detailed instructions on applying for the requisite laboratory licensure to administer the tests.
The toolkit explains and provides:
Access CDA’s updated COVID-19 Laboratory Testing Toolkit.