Dental Quality Assurance Commission Newsletter - July 2020

Dental Quality Assurance Commission − July 2020 Newsletter

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COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus 2019) Resources for Dentists

Access resources related to responding to COVID-19 and complying with the governor’s proclamations and necessary infection control during this pandemic.


Dentist Continuing Education and Basic Life Support Requirements

The dental commission reviewed continuing education and basic life support requirements in light of the lack of in-person training availability due to the COVID-19 situation. Read about the determinations of those discussions here.


Dentist Licensure Examinations

Read about newly approved clinical examinations for dentist licensure here.

Dentist Temporary Practice Permits

Governor Inslee issued a proclamation relating to temporary practice permits for recent graduates entering the dental, pharmacy, and dental hygienist professions due to the impact of COVID-19 on exam availability. Read about the restrictions and application process here.

Dental Laboratories

Read about the new registration requirements for dental laboratories in Washington State here.

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Legal actions

Legal Actions
March - June 2020

Read about the final actions taken this quarter by the commission, Secretary of Health, or Board of Denturists here.

Continuing Education Quiz

Earn continuing education credit by taking our newsletter quiz! See this edition's quiz as well as the answers from the previous edition here.

Purpose Statement

Purpose Statement

It is the purpose of the commission established in RCW 18.32.0351 to regulate the competency and quality of professional healthcare providers under its jurisdiction by establishing, monitoring, and enforcing qualifications for licensure, continuing education, consistent standards of practice, continuing competency mechanisms, and discipline.

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COVID-19 Resources

Continuing Education and Basic Life Support

Dental License Examinations

Temporary Practice Permits

Dental Labs

Legal Actions

Dental Rules and Laws

RCW 18.32

WAC 246-817

RCW 18.260

RCW 18.350

RCW 18.130

WAC 246-12

WAC 246-16

RCW 70.02

Commission Members

Aaron Stevens, D.D.S., Chairperson
David Carsten, D.D.S., Vice-Chairperson
Julia Richman, D.D.S.
John. R. Liu, D.D.S.
Bree Kramer, EFDA  
Kunal Walia, D.D.S.
Lyle McClellan, D.D.S.
Ronald Marsh, D.D.S.
Kathleen Elling, EFDA
Brian Macall, D.D.S.
Sonia Pal, D.M.D.
Karla Briggs, Public Member
Tiffany Bass, D.D.S.
Abhishake Banda, D.M.D., M.D.
Karen Clements, D.D.S.
Marlynne Fulton, Public Member


Commission Staff and Contact Information

Trina Crawford
Executive Director

Jennifer Santiago
Program Manager

Becky McElhiney
Assistant Program Manager

Erin Obenland
Case Manager

Department of Health
PO Box 47852
Olympia, WA

Customer Service

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Contact the Commission

DOH 646-175
July 2020