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02-313
Board of Dental Examiners
2002-2003 Regulatory Agenda

AGENCY UMBRELLA-UNIT NUMBER: 02-313
AGENCY NAME: Board of Dental Examiners (affiliated with the Department of Professional & Financial Regulation)

CONTACT PERSON: Anita C. Merrow, Executive Secretary, 143 State House Station; Augusta, ME 04333-0143. Tel. (207) 287-3333 - Fax (207) 287-8140

EMERGENCY RULES ADOPTED SINCE LAST REGULATORY AGENDA: None

EXPECTED 2002-2003 RULE-MAKING ACTIVITY:

CHAPTER 1: Rules Relating to Dental Hygienists
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A. § 1073
PURPOSE: To amend the rule to include bacterial sampling in the list of duties performed under the general supervision of a dentist and to include the use of nitrous oxide by dental hygienists.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Septemberr 2003
AFFECTED PARTIES: Dentists, Hygienists and the Citizens of the State of Maine.

CHAPTER 2: Rules Relating to Dental Assistants
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A. § 1073
PURPOSE: To amend the rule to include bacterial sampling in the list of duties performed by certified dental assistants under the direct supervision of a dentist.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: September 2003
AFFECTED PARTIES: Dentists, Certified Dental Assistants and the Citizens of the State of Maine.

CHAPTER 3: Rules Relating to the Practice of Denturism
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A. § 1073
PURPOSE: To amend the rule to delete Part One related to permitted denturists and to delete references to an oral health certificate.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: September 2003
AFFECTED PARTIES: Denturists, Dentists, and the Citizens of the State of Maine.

CHAPTER 4: Educational Requirements for Establishing a Denture Technology Program in the State of Maine
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A. § 1073
PURPOSE: To repeal the rule as it has been superseded by Chapter 3, which was amended and adopted by the Board on April 16, 1999.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: September 2003.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Denturists and Citizens of the State of Maine.

CHAPTER 7: False and Misleading Advertising
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A. § 1073
PURPOSE: To amend the rule to include any and all advertisements of dental professionals, not just those of professional dental corporations.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: September 2003.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Dental Professionals and Citizens of the State of Maine

CHAPTER 8: Complaints
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A. § 1073
PURPOSE: To amend the rule to include the time period that a surviving spouse should retain dental records and provide copies of same upon request from former patients of his/her deceased spouse; to delete the prefix "pre" from "'prepayment' of a reasonable duplication cost" in reference to providing patients with a copy of their dental records; to add a statement that copies of dental records should be released within five business days of receipt of the request; to add a statement that it is unprofessional not to cooperate with the Board when being investigated due to a complaint.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: September 2003
AFFECTED PARTIES: Maine Citizens, all Licensees, and Surviving Spouses of Deceased Dentists and Denturists.

CHAPTER 9: Licensure Requirements for Dental Radiographers
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A. § 1073
PURPOSE: To amend the rule to include the circumstances when a re-take of an exam would be required.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: September 2003
AFFECTED PARTIES: Dental Radiographers and Citizens of the State of Maine.

CHAPTER 10: Requirements for Licensure for Dental Hygienists
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A. § 1073
PURPOSE: To amend the rule to change the requirement for licensure by endorsement from 5 years to 3 years to be consistent with statute amendment; and to add as Item 2.1. a statement that the Board can waive the personal interview requirement at its discretion.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: September 2003
AFFECTED PARTIES: Dental Hygienists and the Citizens of the State of Maine

CHAPTER 11: Education Requirements for Dental Licensure]
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A. § 1073
PURPOSE: To amend the rule to change the requirement for licensure by endorsement from 5 years to 3 years to be consistent with statute amendment; to change the language under Item A.5. to more clearly define the Board's intent when requiring a personal interview with the Board; and to add as Item 6 a statement that the Board can waive the personal interview requirement at its discretion.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: September 2003
AFFECTED PARTIES: Dentists and the Citizens of the State of Maine

CHAPTER 12: Continuing Dental Education
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 32 M.R.S.A. § 1073
PURPOSE: To amend the rule to include some home study under category I credit, to more clearly define the definition of category I credit, and to make CPR a requirement for licensure and re-registration for dentists, dental hygienists, and denturists; to accept for credit volunteer services at either of the two Maine dental hygiene schools by dentists and hygienists.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: September 2003
AFFECTED PARTIES: Maine Licensed Dentists, Dental Hygienists, and Denturists.


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