Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Health and Human Resources
Department of Health Professions
Board of Dentistry
Petition 313
Petition Information
Petition Title Certification for dental assistants
Date Filed 11/5/2019    [Transmittal Sheet]
Petitioner Misty Meismer for Va. Dental Hygiene Program Directors' Consortium 
Petitioner's Request

The petitioner is requesting an amendment to require dental assistants to be certified in infection control procedures and radiation health and safety recognized by the Dental Assisting National Board or the National Entry Level Dental Assistant.  

Agency's Plan

The petition will be published on November 25, 2019 in the Register of Regulations and also posted on the Virginia Regulatory Townhall at to receive public comment ending December 25, 2019.  The request to amend regulations and any comments for or against the petition will be considered by the Board at the first scheduled meeting after close of comment, which will be March 13, 2020. 



Comment Period Began 11/25/2019    Ended 12/25/2019
Virginia Register Announcement Submitted on 11/5/2019
The Virginia Register of Regulations
Published on: 11/25/2019     Volume: 36  Issue: 7
Agency Decision Initiate a regulatory change [Transmittal Sheet]    
Response Date 4/23/2020
Decision Publication Date Published on: 5/25/2020     Volume: 36  Issue: 20
Agency Decision Summary

At the Board meeting on March 13, 2020, the Board determined that it will publish a Notice of Intended Regulatory Action to initiate rulemaking relating to a requirement for dental assistants to have training in infection control. The regulatory action may include certification in infection control procedures recognized by the Dental Assisting National Board or the National Entry Level Dental Assistant or other training and education. 


Associated regulatory action Training in infection control
Latest Stage: Proposed

Contact Information
Name / Title: Sandra Reen  / Executive Director
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