9/21/2016 11:05 am
Date / Time filed with the Register of Regulations
VA.R. Document Number: R____-______
Virginia Register Publication Information

Transmittal Sheet: Response to Petition for Rulemaking
Initial Agency Notice
Agency Decision
Promulgating Board: Board of Dentistry
Regulatory Coordinator: Elaine J. Yeatts


Agency Contact: Sandra Reen

Executive Director


Contact Address: Department of Health Professions

9960 Mayland Drive

Suite 300

Richmond, VA 23233
Chapter Affected:
18 vac 60 - 21: Regulations Governing the Practice of Dentistry
Statutory Authority: State: Chapters 24 and 27 of Title 54.1

Federal: None applicable
Date Petition Received 06/16/2016
Petitioner Deborah R. Blanchard, DDS
 Petitioner's Request
The request is to elimination the requirement for posting of a copy of a dentist's registration issued by the Drug Enforcement Administration to avoid opportunity for individuals to use the number for illegal purposes.  
 Agency Plan
The petition will be published on July 11, 2016 in the Register of Regulations and also posted on the Virginia Regulatory Townhall at www.townhall.virginia.gov to receive public comment ending August 10, 2016.  The request to amend regulations and any comments for or against the petition will be considered by the Board at its meeting scheduled for September 16, 2016.
Publication Date 07/11/2016  (comment period will also begin on this date)
Comment End Date 08/10/2016
 Agency Decision
Initiate a regulatory change
Agency Response Date 09/21/2016
 Agency Decision Text
The request is to amend regulations relating to the posting of a dentist's registration from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) was considered by the Board at its meeting on September 16, 2016.  Board members were also given copies of public comment on the petition. The Board decided to initiate rulemaking to amend the requirement for posting of a dentist's DEA registration.  The amendment will require a dentist to maintain a copy of the DEA registration in a readily retrievable manner at each practice location. While the amendment will be submitted as a "fast-track" action, it is likely that the regulatory process will take several months before it becomes final.  The Board will notify licensees when the amended regulation is effective.