12/13/2019 11:36 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 08/16/2019
Petitioner Deborah Blanchard, DDS
 Petitioner's Request
To delete the requirements for the dentist to be present in the facility and to examine a patient during the time services are being provided (Subsection D of section 120)
 Agency Plan
The petition will be published on September 16, 2019 in the Register of Regulations and also posted on the Virginia Regulatory Townhall at www.townhall.virginia.gov to receive public comment ending October 15, 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 December 13, 2019.  The petitioner will receive information on the Board's decision after that date.  
Publication Date 09/16/2019  (comment period will also begin on this date)
Comment End Date 10/15/2019
 Agency Decision
Take no action
Agency Response Date 12/13/2019
 Agency Decision Text
At its meeting today, the Board considered the petition and public comment, both in support and in opposition. Following the recommendation of its Regulatory/Legislative Committee, the Board decided not to initiate rulemaking and confirmed its current requirement that a dentist be present in the facility and examine the patient during the time services are being provided by a dental hygienist. The Board does have regulations for general supervision that do not require the dentist to be present, provided certain conditions and restrictions are met.