Stay up to date on ​rules and requirements affecting Washington dentists.

Recent Regulatory News

  • Mar 10, 2023

    Washington Dental Practices Target of Rest and Meal Period Lawsuits

    WSDA wants you to be aware that dental offices in our state have been the subject of lawsuits concerning rest and meal periods for employees. Please confirm that you are in compliance with all related requirements.
  • Mar 8, 2023

    Legal Alert: Is Your Dental Practice in Compliance with Washington’s Rest and Meal Period Requirements?

    WSDA wants you to be aware that dental offices in our state have been the subject of lawsuits concerning rest and meal periods for employees. This legal alert summarizes certain aspects of the current Washington state law regarding rest and meal periods applicable to the non-exempt employees in dental practices.
  • Mar 4, 2023

    Review DQAC's Proposed Anesthesia Rules

    For more than three years, the Dental Quality Assurance Commission (DQAC) has been working to update Washington state’s dental anesthesia rules. WSDA encourages members to review the proposed rules and submit questions or concerns via email or virtually at DQAC's March 10 business meeting.
  • Mar 4, 2023

    Secretary of Health Mask Order to End April 3

    Effective April 3, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) will end the Secretary of Health Statewide Face Covering Order currently in effect for health care (including dental).
  • Mar 2, 2023

    Reminder: Dental Infection Control Requirements

    The Dental Quality Assurance Commission (DQAC) previously finalized dental infection control rules in December 2020, and the majority of these rules became effective January 2021. The rules apply to settings wherever dentistry is provided in Washington and include several requirements that dentists must comply with.
  • Mar 2, 2023

    Reminder: ASL Interpreter Provider Obligations

    A dental office is considered to be a place of public accommodation and thus is prohibited from discriminating for any reason due to a disability. Accordingly, dental offices are required to provide an interpreter if one is needed to effectively communicate with a hearing-impaired patient.
  • Feb 28, 2023

    DQAC Dental Inclusion Committee Meeting – March 29

    The Dental Quality Assurance Commission (DQAC) has formed a Dental Inclusion Committee to begin rulemaking to comply with health equity education requirements. The Committee will meet on March 29.
  • Feb 24, 2023

    DQAC Business Meeting – March 10

    The Dental Quality Assurance Commission (DQAC) will hold its next business meeting in a hybrid format on Friday, March 10 at 10:00 AM.
  • Feb 22, 2023

    Employment Law Webinars from L&I

    The Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) has created a series of free webinars for both employers and employees, covering employment law topics including workers’ rights, job posting requirements, overtime rules, and the Equal Pay and Opportunities Act.
  • Feb 22, 2023

    DQAC Dental Continuing Competency Committee Meeting – March 22

    The Dental Quality Assurance Commission (DQAC) will hold a Dental Continuing Competency Committee meeting on March 22.

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WSDA Committee on Regulatory Affairs

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