Annual Regulatory Plan

Executive Order No. 9 requires the Iowa Dental Board to annually submit a regulatory plan by August 1 listing each "regulatory action" (each potential rule currently under active consideration or development within the agency excluding those rules that do not have a substantial impact on the legal rights, privileges, or duties of persons) that the agency reasonably expects to issue in proposed or final form in that fiscal year or thereafter. 

The purpose of the Board is to protect public health, safety, and welfare by administering, interpreting, and enforcing the provisions of law that relate to the practice of dentistry, dental hygiene, and dental assisting. In pursuit of this mission, the Board performs these primary functions:

  • Administers examinations for the testing of dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants;
  • Issues licenses, registrations, certificates, and permits to qualified practitioners;
  • Sets standards for license, registration, and permit renewal and continuing education;
  • Enforces Iowa laws regulating the practice of dentistry, dental hygiene, and dental assisting;
  • Investigates complaints concerning violations of the dental practice act and rules;
  • Conducts disciplinary hearings and monitors the compliance of licensees or registrants with Board orders; and
  • Adopts rules and establishes standards for practitioners pursuant to its authority under the Iowa Code and administrative rules.

2016-2017 Regulatory Plan of the Iowa Dental Board

Chapter # and Title

Description of Action, Reason, & Alternatives

Legal Basis for Action

Schedule for Action

IAC 650-Chapter 11 “Licensure to Practice Dentistry or Dental Hygiene” and Chapter 12 “Dental and Dental Hygiene Examinations”

Amending licensure by examination to include all regional testing agencies for licensure.  This will ensure uniformity in the testing process. 

Iowa Code Chapter 147.34

Rules adopted by the Board at its October 2016 Meeting

IAC 650-Chapter 11 “Licensure to Practice Dentistry or Dental Hygiene” and Chapter 12 “Dental and Dental Hygiene Examinations”

Per legislative mandate the Board is required to offer an alternate examination for licensure of dentists. 

Iowa Code Chapter 147.34

In progress:  Scheduled for January 2017

IAC 650—Chapter 25 “Continuing Education”

These rules have not been reviewed for several years.  We are currently vetting a draft with stakeholders.

Iowa Code Chapter 272C.2

In progress: Scheduled for January 2017

IAC 650—Chapter 27 “Discontinuation of Practice”

These rules need to be updated to reflect new practice structures.

Iowa Code Chapter 153.33(8), 153.34 and 147.76

In progress: Notice of Intended Action approved at the October 2016 meeting.

IAC 650—Chapter 20 “Dental Assistants”

These rules need to be made simpler; particularly reinstatement for dental assistants.

Iowa Code Chapter 153.39 and 147.11

In progress: Scheduled for January 2017

IAC 650—Chapter 15 “Fees”

Due to database updates some of our mailing lists and subscription services are now automated.  The section on subscription services needs to be revised to reflect this. 

Iowa Code Chapter 147.80

In progress: Scheduled for January 2017

IAC 650—Chapter 10 “General Requirements”

The address type a licensee must submit to the board needs to be specified.

Iowa Code Chapter 147.8 and 147.9

Scheduled for January 2017

IAC 650—Chapter 20 “Dental Assistants” and Chapter 10 “General Requirements”

Expanded function rules in these 2 chapters need to be revisited to provide clarity on some functions.  Language may need to be added regarding minimum requirements for training and resubmission of courses.   

Iowa Code Chapter 153.15 and 153.38

Scheduled for April 2017

IAC 650 – Chapter 10 “General Requirements”

Chapter 10 currently prohibits a hygienist from owning a dental practice.  This is the only prohibition on ownership and needs to revisited. 

Iowa Code Chapter 153.15

Scheduled for July 2017

IAC 650-Chapter 28 “Designation of Specialties”

The Board needs to discuss new legal concerns with ADA approved specialties, and determine whether changes need to be made to this chapter. 

Iowa Code Chapter 153.13

Scheduled for July 2017

Any questions or comments regarding the plan should be addressed to:

Agency Rules Administrator
Iowa Dental Board
400 SW 8th Street
Des Moines, IA 50309-4687 
Phone: 515-281-5157
Fax: 515-281-7969 

Printed from the website on April 23, 2018 at 8:29am.