COVID-19 testing is within the scope of practice for California dentists, and as of Oct. 8, 2021, dentists can apply for the requisite laboratory licensure to process rapid tests in the dental office. This toolkit provides step-by-step application instructions, reporting requirements plus guidance to help dentists determine whether administering rapid COVID-19 tests is appropriate for their practice.
This toolkit was created to help dentists determine whether administering COVID-19 tests in their office is appropriate for their practice.
In California, COVID-19 testing is within the scope of practice for dentists when used for screening for COVID-19 rather than providing a formal COVID-19 diagnosis.
Learn about the two main types of laboratory tests, and what requirements are needed for dentists to be eligible to administer them.
It is important that the manufacturer’s instructions are followed, including the use of appropriate PPE, test-processing times, and test material disposal.
Dental offices administering waived COVID-19 tests are required to report test results within a defined period through the state reporting system.
CDA provides the following billing information and FAQs to help dentists better understand their rights under AB 526.
Dentists must adhere to license renewal, record retention, and other requirements related to the laboratory license.