Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Health and Human Resources
Department of Health Professions
Board of Dentistry
Petition 145
Petition Information
Petition Title Radiation safety course
Date Filed 5/3/2011    [Transmittal Sheet]
Petitioner Ann Bruhn 
Petitioner's Request

To amend regulations to permit accredited dental programs to offer radiation safety course for unlicensed persons to be certified in radiation safety.

Agency's Plan

The Board is requesting public comment on the petition to amend regulations relating to radiation safety certification. The Board will consider the need for amendment at its meeting on June 3, 2011 and will respond to the petition following the close of the comment period.

Comment Period Began 5/23/2011    Ended 6/22/2011
Virginia Register Announcement Submitted on 5/3/2011
The Virginia Register of Regulations
Published on: 5/23/2011     Volume: 27  Issue: 19
Agency Decision Initiate a regulatory change [Transmittal Sheet]    
Response Date 9/12/2011
Decision Publication Date Published on: 10/10/2011     Volume: 28  Issue: 3
Agency Decision Summary


The Board is unable to reconsider the elimination of a board approved course and examination because it does not have statutory authority to approve such program. However, the Board acted to interpret the "course or examination recognized by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association” to include a "course with examination provided by a dental assisting, dental hygiene or dentistry program accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.”
This interpretation will allow CODA- accredited programs to offer a dental radiation course in order to certify persons to place or expose dental x-ray film in dental offices. In addition, the Board intends to amend its regulations to clarify the requirements accordingly.
Associated regulatory action Radiation certification
Latest Stage: Fast-Track

Contact Information
Name / Title: Elaine J. Yeatts  / Agency Regulatory Coordinator
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
Richmond, 23233
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