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.

2021-2022 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)

Ch. 25, "Continuing Education" Addition of volunteer services for continuing education credit. Iowa Code 147.10, 153.15A, 153.39, and 272C Adoption: 11/13/2020 (ARC 4318C) Amendments Adopted 1/20/2021 (ARC 4318C)
Ch. 11, "Licensure to Practice Dentistry or Dental Hygiene" & Ch.12, "Dental and Dental Hygiene Examinations" Addition of manikin-based exam options for dentists and clean up language regarding minimum passing score requirements. Iowa Code 147.3, 147.29, 147.34, 147.36, and 153 Adoption: 12/9/2020 (ARC 5366C) Amendments Adopted 2/3/2021 (ARC 5366C)
Ch. 11, "Licensure to Practice Dentistry or Dental Hygiene" & Ch.12, "Dental and Dental Hygiene Examinations" Addition of manikin-based exam options for dental hygienists. Iowa Code 147.34 and 147.36 Adoption: 2/26/2021 (ARC 5539C) Amendments Adopted 5/12/2021 (ARC 5539C)
Ch. 23, "Expanded Functions" Addition of sealants to expanded functions for dental assistants pursuant to 2020 Iowa Acts, HF 2267. 2020 Iowa Acts, HF 2267 Adoption: 6/11/2021 (ARC 5748C) Amendments Adopted 8/18/2021 (ARC 5748C)
Ch. 7, "Rules" Update rules for waivers and requests for rulemaking pursuant to 2020 Iowa Acts, HF 2389. 2020 Iowa Acts, HF 2389 Adoption: 4/2/2021 (ARC 5722C) Amendments Adopted 8/4/2021 (ARC 5722C)
Chs. 1, 14, 15, 25 Update and simplify requirements for renewal and reinstatement Iowa Code 147.10, 147.11, 147.80 NOIA: 1/29/2022 (ARC 6210C) Public Comment Period Open  
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      
Ch. 23, "Expanded Functions" Review and update expanded function rules. Iowa Code 153      
Ch. 11 Consider the addition of PGY 1 as a pathway for licensure, in lieu of clinical examination. Iowa Code 147 and 153      
Ch. 11.4, "Graduates of Foreign Dental Schools" Review rules for consideration of updates/changes. 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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