Regulatory Compliance

Multiple state and federal agencies are charged with regulating dental practices. Keep on top of the compliance process by downloading our Regulatory Compliance Manual and customizing it for use in your office. Plus, learn about CURES and opioid pain management, check your compliance with the latest regulations or download required documents, checklists and forms.

Are You in Compliance?

Dental practices must comply with new laws and regulations on the following date:

January 1, 2020: Expanded Sexual Harassment Prevention Training requirements for employers of five or more employees.

April 1, 2019: The DFEH has released a new notice.

March 12, 2019: Transition period to new controlled substances prescription forms

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This guide  includes excerpts from California Radiation Control Regulations Title 17. Dental practices with x-ray equipment are required to have a copy of this guide or a copy of Title 17. They also are required to have a written radiation safety program. A template for a radiation safety program is included in the guide, as well as information to provide pregnant employees. This guide is part of the CDA Regulatory Compliance Manual. Updated December 2014
This is a list of best management practices and information resources on managing amalgam waste.
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Dispensing dentists: Warning notice required on opioid prescription labels

A new state law effective Jan. 1, 2019, requires all dispensers of opioids to prominently display a notice on the prescription label or container of any prescription drug containing an opioid. The notice should be displayed by way of a flag or other notification mechanism attached to the container and must state: “Caution: Opioid. Risk of overdose and addiction.” Read more >>


CDA’s 2019-20 Required Poster Set mails to practice owners in April

Several state and federal agencies require dental practices to conspicuously display specific health, safety and employee rights information in the office. To help its members keep ahead of these posting requirements, CDA produces an easy-to-display poster set to reflect current regulations and compliance requirements. The 2019-20 Poster Set will be available this month and includes notices from the EDD, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing and others. Read more >>


'Failure to produce patient records' among most cited violations, says dental board

Maintaining its focus on consumer safety, the Dental Board of California has issued an increasing number of citations in recent years. As noted in its 2018 Sunset Review Report to the California Legislature, citations increased by 36 percent in each of the previous four fiscal years. Two of the five most commonly cited violations according to the report are (1) Failure to produce patient records and (2) Failure to follow infection-control guidelines. Read more >>


New laws and regulations took effect Jan. 1: Are you in compliance?

Eight new or updated laws and regulations affecting dentistry and dental practice management took effect Jan. 1. To help ensure members are currently in compliance — and stay in compliance — CDA Practice Support offers summaries of the laws, including what they require and where to go for resources and support. Read more >>


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Practice Analyst, Regulatory Compliance
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Under California law, dental benefit plans can change their agreements, rules and procedures as long as they notify the contracted provider 45 days in advance of the change. Dentists should read all notifications from plans in a timely manner and if action is required on the dentist’s part, the dentists should take action by the plans’ stated deadline to avoid issues and negative consequences. For more information, please refer to the article on page 2 of the February 2018 CDA Update, Dental plan correspondence — it’s not all junk mail.