THE BOARD OF REGISTRATION IN DENTISTRY WILL PROMULGATE THE FOLLOWING REGULATIONS ON AUGUST 20, 2010.
PLEASE NOTE THAT, UNTIL THAT DATE, THE BOARD’S CURRENT REGULATIONS AT 234 CMR SHALL REMAIN IN EFFECT.
234 CMR 2.00: Purpose, Authority, Definitions
234 CMR 2.00 governs the licensure and practice of dentistry and dental hygiene in Massachusetts by establishing the eligibility and licensure requirements and by establishing the standards for the practice of dentistry and dental hygiene in the Commonwealth.
The Board of Registration in Dentistry adopts 234 CMR 2.00 under authority of M. G. L. c. 13, §§ 9, 19 and M. G. L. c. 112, §§ 43 through 53, and pursuant to M. G. L. c. 30A, § 3.
The following definitions apply to all parts of 234 CMR 2.00.
ADA means the American Dental Association.
ADAA means the American Dental Assistants Association.
ADHA means the American Dental Hygienists’ Association.
Address of Record means the address of an individual licensed, registered or permitted by the Board as provided by the applicant/licensee and maintained by the Board and where the Board will send written communication(s) to the individual.
Adjudicatory Hearing means an administrative hearing held by the Board to determine the truth and validity of the allegations contained in a complaint filed against a licensee, registrant or permit holder of the Board. The hearing is held in accordance with the State Administrative Procedure Act, M. G. L. c. 30A, and the Standard Rules of Adjudicatory Practice and Procedure at 801 CMR 1.01.
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Certification means that an individual has successfully completed an advanced cardiac life support course offered by the American Heart Association or other entity approved by the Board.
Advertising means a representation or other notice given to the public or members thereof, directly or indirectly, by a dentist on behalf of himself/herself, his/her facility, his/her partner or associate, or any dentist affiliated with the dentist or his/her facility by any means or method for the purpose of inducing purchase, sale or use of dental methods, services, treatments, operations, procedures or products or to promote continued or increased use of such dental methods, treatments, operations, procedures or products.
Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification means that an individual has successfully completed a course in basic life support for health care providers offered by the American Heart Association or other entity approved by the Board.
Board means the Board of Registration in Dentistry or any committee or subcommittee thereof established in the Massachusetts Department of Public Health pursuant to the provisions of the M. G. L. c. 13, §§9, 19, c. 112, §§43 through 53 and c. 30A.
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation/Automated External Defibrillation (CPR/AED) Certification means that an individual has successfully completed a cardiopulmonary resuscitation course for professional rescuers offered by the American Red Cross or other entity approved by the Board.
CDC Guidelines means Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings-2003, United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as may be amended and republished.
CMR means the Code of Massachusetts Regulations published by the Regulations Division of the Massachusetts Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth.
CODA means the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association.
Collaborative Agreement means a written agreement that complies with 234 CMR 5.08 and is between a public health dental hygienist and a local or state government agency or institution or with a licensed dentist who holds a valid license issued pursuant to M. G. L. c. 112, § 45 who agrees to provide the appropriate level of communication and consultation with the public health dental hygienist to ensure patient health and safety.
Community Health Center means a non-profit agency licensed by the Department of Public Health under M. G. L. c. 111, §51.
Complaint means a communication to, or other information obtained by, the Board or the Division of Health Professions Licensure which alleges that an individual, person or entity subject to regulation by the Board has engaged in conduct that violates any law, regulation, or both, related to dentistry and/or dental practice.
Consent Agreement means a legally binding document reflecting the agreement, including specified terms and conditions, entered into by an individual licensed, registered or permitted by the Board and the Board in resolution of any complaint against such licensee.
Continuing Education Unit (CEU) means a minimum of fifty (50) minutes of education and/or experience as set forth in 234 CMR 8.00.
Conviction shall include any guilty verdict or finding of guilt and any admission to or finding of sufficient facts to warrant a finding of guilt, a continuance without a finding, and any plea of guilty or nolo contendere which has been accepted by the court, whether or not sentence has been imposed. A conviction of any person licensed by the Board shall be conclusive evidence of the commission of that crime in any disciplinary proceeding instituted against that licensee based upon the conviction.
Dental Assistant means a person qualified by education, training or experience who, under the supervision of a licensed dentist, aids or assists the dentist in the performance of procedures or duties related to the provision of dental care in accordance with the provisions in 234 CMR 2.00. A dental assistant may be classified in four categories:
(a) Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) means a person currently certified by the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc., or its successor agency, as a certified dental assistant in general dentistry or in one of the appropriate specialties.
(b) Dental Assistant Trained On the Job (OJT) means a person trained on the job by a dentist licensed to practice dentistry in the Commonwealth who has completed the training requirement pursuant to M. G. L. c. 112, §51 ½.
(c) Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA) means a person who is a graduate of a school or program for dental assistants accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, is currently certified by the Dental Assisting National Board, Inc., or its successor agency, and has completed a formal program in expanded functions at a program accredited by the CODA.
(d) Formally Trained Dental Assistant (FTDA) means a person who is a graduate of a school or program, of not less than one year, for dental assistants accredited or recognized by CODA or the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), or which meets the standards of the Massachusetts Department of Education.
DANB means Dental Assisting National Board, Inc.
DANB-RHS means the DANB Radiation Health and Safety Examination.
DANB-ICE means the DANB Infection Control Examination.
Dental Auxiliary Personnel means a dental hygienist or a dental assistant.