Regulatory Update from the Iowa Dental Board
On March 22, 2020, Governor Kim Reynolds issued a Proclamation of Emergency Disaster. In this Proclamation, Governor Reynolds temporarily suspended a number of regulatory provisions applicable to a number of professions, including dentistry. The Proclamation eases administrative rules relating to continuing education, renewal of licenses, and background checks. The suspension of rules identified in the Proclamation is effective through April 16, 2020, unless the Governor terminates or extends the Proclamation. As required in the Proclamation, the Board hereby issues this guidance relating to the temporary suspension of administrative rules in these areas which directly impact the Dental Board and 650 Iowa Administrative Code.
In Section Five, Governor Reynolds temporarily suspends rules relating to continuing education deadlines or requirements as a condition of license renewal, reinstatement, or reactivation.
The renewal period for dentists starts on July 1, 2020. At this time, the Board does not anticipate extending the deadline for completion of continuing education for dentists. However, the Board is lifting the 12-hour limit on self-study activities for continuing education credit for dentists for the upcoming renewal. All continuing education during this period can be taken on-line.
Dental hygiene licenses and dental assistant registrations are not scheduled for renewal until 2021. However, the Board is also lifting the 12-hour limit on self-study activities for continuing education credit for those licensees and registrants who will renew in 2021. All continuing education during this period can be taken on-line.
For licensees and registrants whose CPR certification expiration date falls within the time period beginning January 1, 2020 and ending on December 31, 2020: the requirement for a hands-on clinical component is waived. These licensees and registrants may recertify through an on-line CPR course.
In Section Six, Governor Reynolds temporarily suspends rules relating to license renewal. The suspension only applies to licenses which expire between March 22 and April 16, 2020.
The renewal period for dentists starts on July 1, 2020, with dental licenses expiring on August 31, 2020. Dental hygiene licenses and dental assistant registrations are not scheduled for renewal until 2021. Currently, the Proclamation is effective until April 16, 2020. Because licenses and registrations are not set to expire during this Proclamation, the Board does not anticipate any changes to the current renewal schedules and deadlines. If the duration of the Proclamation is extended by subsequent order of the Governor in a manner that impacts the current renewal schedules and deadlines, the Board will issue supplemental guidance explaining the effect of any such extension.
In Section Eight, Governor Reynolds temporarily suspends the requirement of background checks as a condition for obtaining professional licensure for dentists and dental hygienists.
Applications for licensure submitted without fingerprint cards will be processed for the duration of the Proclamation. Applicants are still required to submit waiver forms and answer all of the questions on the application completely and honestly, including questions related to criminal history. Fingerprint packets will continue to be sent to all applicants. Upon termination of the Proclamation, applicants will be required to submit completed fingerprint cards for a criminal history background check. This shall be completed within 60 days after the Proclamation expires. Failure to submit the required fingerprint cards in a timely manner may result in the rescission of your license.
Additionally, the Board wishes to provide the following update on e-prescribing:
A prescription issued in an emergency situation is already exempt from the e-prescribing mandate. Given the unprecedented nature of the current situation regarding COVID-19, a prescriber’s decision to issue a non-electronic prescription will not be questioned by the Iowa Dental Board for the duration of this emergency.
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