The state of Washington has passed registration requirements for each dental laboratory operating, doing business, or intending to operate or do business in this state.
House Bill 1177 has been passed by the Legislature of the State of Washington and is effective July 28, 2019. The purpose of this Bill is to create the dental laboratory registry within the Department of Health and establish minimum standards for dental laboratories serving dentists in Washington state. Some parts of the Bill have effective dates as indicated below.
Here are the highlights of the Bill:
- Each dental laboratory operating, doing business, or intending to operate or do business in this state must register with the Department of Health and pay the fee established pursuant to sections 3 and 6 of this act. Note: No information available at this time on the fees or how to register.
- A dental laboratory is considered operating or doing business within this state if its work product is prepared pursuant to a work order or work authorization originating within this state.
- This chapter does not apply to a dental laboratory operating under the supervision of a practicing dentist licensed under chapter 18.32 RCW in a dental office or as a part of a dental practice, provided that the laboratory does not perform work pursuant to prescriptions or work orders originating from outside of the dental practice or supervising dentists office, or in an educational institution.
- Information that must be submitted with the application and registration fees include:
- A statement that the dental laboratory meets the infectious control requirements under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- An acknowledgment that the laboratory will provide material disclosure to the prescribing dentist that contains the manufacturer and brand name or the US FDA registration number of all patient contact materials contained in the prescribed restoration so that the dentist may include those numbers in the patient’s record.
- An acknowledgment by the responsible person or the supervising dentist who is licensed in this state that he or she will disclose to the prescribing dentist the point of origin of the manufacture of the prescribed restoration. If the restoration was partially or entirely manufactured by a third-party provider, the point of origin disclosure must identify the portion manufactured by a third-party provider and the city, state, and country of the provider.
- After the dental laboratory pays the registration fee and receives a registration number, the dental laboratory must show the registration number on all invoices or other correspondence of the dental laboratory.
- The dentist shall include the registration number of the dental laboratory on the dentist’s work order.
- Effective January 31, 2021 to be eligible for dental laboratory registration the applicant must document that the applicant or one of the applicant’s employees who works at least thirty (30) hours per week in the applicant’s dental laboratory:
- Has successfully completed at least twelve (12) hours of continuing education in dental laboratory technology approved by the National Board for Certification (NBC) during the twelve months immediately preceding their application or registration (exception is granted to a dental laboratory that provides the department with documentation that the dental laboratory has been continuously owned and operated by the same individual since January 1, 1996); or
- Is certified by the NBC as a Certified Dental Technician (CDT) in good standing.
- A dental laboratory must maintain a qualified owner or employee as identified above.
- Effective January 31, 2025, the department may not issue a registration to a dental laboratory unless the applying dental laboratory documents that it employs a CDT in good standing with the NBC and must work at least 30 hours per week in the applying dental laboratory or that the dental laboratory is operated under the supervision of a dentist licensed under Chapter 18.32 RCW.
- Each dental laboratory registered with the department must renew its registration before July 31st each year.
- If a dental laboratory violates any provision of this chapter, the department may, in the manner provided by law and upon the advice of the Attorney General who shall represent the department in the proceedings, maintain an action in the name of the state for an injunction or other process against any dental laboratory to restrain or prevent the operation of the establishment without a registration issued under this chapter.
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