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Colorado Dental Board


Maulid Miskell, Program Director

Consumer Protection is our Mission.

The Colorado Dental Board regulates and licenses dentists and dental hygienists. The Board does not regulate or require the registration of dental assistants or expanded duty dental assistants. The Board also does not license based upon specialty. The mission of the Board is to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of the people of Colorado by developing and maintaining rules and policies to ensure that only qualified persons are licensed to provide dental care and those violators of the laws and rules regulating dentistry are sanctioned as appropriate. Board activities include licensing dentists and dental hygienists, investigating complaints about the licensed and unlicensed practice of dentistry and dental hygiene, disciplining those who violate the law and/or the Board’s Rules and make, amend, and adopt reasonable rules and regulations governing the conduct of dentists and dental hygienists. This Board is made up of thirteen members: six dentists, three dental hygienists and three public members.

 

News Items

New Amalgam Separator Requirement for Denver Metro Area

The Metro Wastewater Reclamation District (Metro District), which includes most of the Denver metro and surrounding suburban areas, has implemented new amalgam control requirements for dental offices in its service area. Dental offices served by the Metro District will be required to implement Best Management Practices (BMPs) for placement, removal and disposal of dental amalgam by February 19, 2015. These dental offices will also be required to install amalgam separators by August 19, 2015.

The Metro District’s requirements and certification forms for the Amalgam Program can be found on the Metro District’s website, www.metrowastewater.com. Exemptions from these requirements can be requested from the Metro District for dental offices that never place or remove amalgam or teeth containing amalgam.  Links to the regulations and forms:
Rules and Regulations for the Dental Amalgam Control Program
Dental Amalgam Control Program Advisor
BMP Certification Form
Amalgam Separator Installation Certification Form

For questions concerning the Metro District’s Amalgam Control Program:
Lori Maag (303-286-3434, lmaag@mwrd.dst.co.us
Pat Dowell (303-286-3267, pdowell@mwrd.dst.co.us
 
Additionally, EPA has just released the Dental Amalgam Effluent Guideline that is to be published soon in the Federal Register.  It is available at: http://water.epa.gov/scitech/wastetech/guide/dental/ 

Once published, comments will be accepted for at least 60 days.

 

Recent Legislation

Did you know legislation passed during the 2014 Legislative Session impacts dentists and dental hygienists? 

Changes to the Dental Practice Act were signed into law affecting applications, anesthesia permits, and continuing education, just to name a few. Modifications to the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) were also recently signed into law.  Read more below about how those changes may impact your practice and what the Division is doing to implement those bills. 

 

You may be a Mandatory Reporter!

On May 16, 2013, Senate Bill 13-111 was signed by the Governor requiring the mandatory reporting of the abuse of at-risk adults. This law was further modified in 2014 and signed by the Governor on April 7, 2014 via Senate Bill 14-098. This law requires that beginning on July 1, 2014 all individuals listed as mandatory reporters must report suspected physical or sexual abuse, exploitation, and caretaker neglect to law enforcement within 24 hours of the observation of the mistreatment.

Further information and the list of mandatory reporters can be found on the Colorado Department of Human Services web site to include an online training on the reporting requirement.

 

DEA-registered Dentists must register with the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) by October 31, 2014

Pursuant to House Bill 14-1283 (now CRS 12-42.5-403), all Colorado licensed prescribing practitioners who possess an individual DEA registration and all Colorado licensed pharmacists are required to register an individual user account with Colorado's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP).  

While all pharmacists and DEA-registered prescribing practitioners are encouraged to register a user account with the PDMP at anytime between now and before September 30th, the October 31, 2014, date is the official deadline.

To begin this process, please utilize the following link for more information about the PDMP and to begin creating a PDMP account. http://www.hidinc.com/copdmp
 
While account creation normally takes less than 5 minutes, should you have questions regarding how to register a PDMP account, please contact the PDMP Help Desk at 1-855-263-6403.

 

Board Adopts New Opioid Policy

The Board adopted a new policy for the Prescribing and Dispensing of Opioids, part of a collaborative effort with the Quad-Regulator Boards as one part of a statewide solution to reduce prescription drug abuse and misuse.  The Quad-Regulator Boards include the Colorado Medical Board, the Colorado State Board of Nursing, the Colorado Board of Pharmacy, and the Colorado State Board of Dental Examiners, facilitated by the Nurse-Physician Advisory Task Force for Colorado Healthcare (NPATCH).  Other boards that license prescribers of controlled substances also adopted the policy including the State Board of Optometry and the Colorado Podiatry Board while the State Board of Veterinary Medicine endorsed the policy. 
 
The development of a joint policy by multiple regulatory boards is a first.  For that reason, the policy was drafted through an open process that allowed for full consideration of stakeholder views through multiple public meetings from February to July 2014.
 
To view the policy that was unanimously adopted by the Quad-Regulators and other boards, please click here.  

 

 

Timeline for Quad-Regulator Opioid Policy

To provide guidance to prescribers and dispensers of opioids, the Quad-Regulator Boards at DORA are collaborating to draft a joint policy as one part of a statewide solution to reduce prescription drug abuse and misuse.  The Quad-Regulator Boards include the Colorado Medical Board, the Colorado State Board of Nursing, the Colorado Board of Pharmacy, and the Colorado State Board of Dental Examiners, facilitated by the Nurse-Physician Advisory Task Force for Colorado Healthcare (NPATCH).  The development of a joint policy by multiple regulatory boards is a first, so the Quad-Regulators are committed to an open process and timeline that allows for full consideration of stakeholder views.  To view the policy that will be circulated for Board review and adoption, please click here. Comments and questions may be referred to Cory Everett at cory.everett@state.co.us.
 


PROCESS TIMELINE AS OF MAY 1, 2014

Summer 2013

Separately, Quad-Boards developed policies and/or principles for prescribing and dispensing opioids at Board meetings and stakeholder meetings.
 

September 2013

Quad-Regulator Conference: Quad Boards met jointly to consider separate policies plus policies from other jurisdictions.


Oct-Dec 2013

Quad-Board Presidents (or their delegates) worked together to merge the four separate policies and practices from other jurisdictions and created first draft of Joint Policy.

January 2014

Legal and science review of draft policy.

February 2014

Draft policy dated 2/20.  Medical Board meetings 2/20 and 2/25.

March 2014

Revised draft dated 3/3.  Pharmacy Board meeting 3/20.  Quad-Stakeholder meeting 3/24.


April 2014

Quad-Board Presidents (or their delegates) worked together to incorporate comments.  Revised draft dated 4/3.  Quad-Stakeholder meeting 4/16.  Dental Board meeting 4/16.  Nursing Board meeting 4/22.

 

PROCESS AHEAD 

May 2014

Quad-Board Presidents (or their delegates) to work together to incorporate comments.  Revised draft anticipated by 5/16.  Medical Board meeting 5/22.  Quad-Stakeholder meeting anticipated week of 5/26.

June 2014

Deadline for comments on revised draft policy 6/6.  NPATCH meeting 6/6.  Quad-Board Presidents (or their delegates) work together to incorporate comments.  Anticipated first Board vote on policy -- Medical 6/19.
 

July 2014

Anticipated Board votes on policy -- Pharmacy 7/17, Nursing 7/22, and Dental 7/24.
 

 

Legislation passed during the Legislative Session impacts the Division of Professions and Occupations. Please review the program's Laws, Rules and Policies web page to learn of any changes due to legislation.

 
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