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.

2022-2023 Regulatory Plan of the Iowa Dental Board

Chapter # and Title

Description of Proposed Action

Legal Basis for Action

Schedule for Action
(subject to change)


Effective Date
(If applicable)

Chs. 1, 14, 15, 25 Update and simplify requirements for renewal and reinstatement Iowa Code 147.10, 147.11, 147.80 Adoption: 4/1/2022 (ARC 6303C) Amendments Adopted 5/25/2022 (ARC 6303C)
Ch. 11, 20, 22 Review and update rules related to the practice of dental assisting and dental assistant trainee status. Iowa Code 147 and 153 Adoption: 10/21/2022 Amendments Adopted 12/21/2022
Ch. 26, "Advertising" Add orofacial pain as a specialty recognized by the American Dental Association. Iowa Code 153 Adoption: 10/21/2022 Amendments Adopted 12/21/2022
Ch. 23, "Expanded Functions" Review and update expanded function rules. Iowa Code 153 NOIA: 8/5/2022 (ARC 6515C) Eligible for vote on adoption.  
Ch. 11, 52 Implements 2022 Iowa Acts, SF 2383, which modified requirements for licensing by verification, and licensing by veterans and spouses. 2022 Iowa Acts, SF 2383 NOIA: 10/21/2022 Pending publication and public comment period.  
Ch. 10, "General Requirements" Amends 10.3 to clarify the application of silver diamine fluoride falls within the scope of RDH practice, and update a citation related to the administration of nitrous oxide. Iowa Code 153 NOIA: 10/21/2022 Pending publication and public comment period.  
Ch. 12, "Dental and Dental Hygiene Examinations" Review/update requirements for remediation following a second or subsequent failure on the clinical examinations for DDS, RDH. Iowa Code 147 October 21, 2022. Requires further discussion and input.  
Ch. 11.4, "Graduates of Foreign Dental Schools" Review rules for consideration of updates/changes. Iowa Code 147 and 153 January 27, 2023    
Ch. 11 Consider the addition of PGY 1 as a pathway for licensure, in lieu of clinical examination. Iowa Code 147 and 153      
Ch. 13, "Special Licenses"  Review rules for special licenses. (e.g. resident dental license, faculty permit) Iowa Code 153.22 and 153.37      
Ch. 35, "Iowa Practitioner Review Committee" Review program eligibility. Iowa Code 153 and 272C      
Ch. 27 “Discontinuation of Practice” These rules need to be updated to reflect new practice structures. Iowa Code 153.33(8), 153.34, and 147.76      
Ch. 10, "General Requirements" General updates, update cross references in 10.3(1)b to chapter 29 (29.6(4),(5)). Iowa Code 153.15, 153.33A      
Ch. 27.11, "Retention of Records" Consider updates to 27.11(2) with respect to study models and casts, taking newer technology into account when determining what (digital) models should be retained with the pt. record. Iowa Code 153 and 272C.      
Ch. 14, 25 Review continuing education requirements for the purposes of renewal Iowa Code 147      

*Schedule subject to change.

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 

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