Dentists warned of waste management misinformation

CDA has learned from members and a state agency that dentists have been contacted by a national waste management service company that is providing misinformation about regulatory requirements.

The calls claim that dentists must register with the California Department of Public Health as a "hazardous waste generator," or that dental practices must comply with "new" regulations specifically for pharmaceutical waste, such as expired or partially used anesthetic carpules. In many cases, this is not accurate. CDPH has informed CDA that it, too, has received calls from dentists who are confused about claims made by this waste management company.

Members who are told about "new" laws or regulations or told that they must comply with a previously unknown requirement should contact CDA Practice Support to verify the accuracy of the information at 800.232.7645 or practicesupport@cda.org. In addition, members can refer to a resource titled Dental Office Waste Management Options, which is a table summarizing the requirements for regulated waste management. This resource and additional waste management resources, such as lists of vendors and household hazardous waste programs, are available at cda.org/practicesupport.

Medical and hazardous waste management is governed by two different state laws and, in many communities, enforced by different regulatory agencies. Verify regulatory information with either CDA or the local enforcement agency prior to agreeing to sign a service contract or contract amendment.

For more information, visit cda.org/practicesupport.