WSR 07-13-072

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


(Dental Quality Assurance Commission)

[ Filed June 18, 2007, 2:21 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 246-817-130 Licensure without examination for dentists -- Eligibility and 246-817-140 Licensure without examination for dentists -- Licensing examination standards. The dental quality assurance commission has determined a need to update its current rules to accurately reflect changes to its eligibility and examination standards, resulting from changes to examination standards at the state, regional and national levels.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 18.32.0365, 18.32.215.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Eligibility standards for dental licensure have significantly evolved throughout the United States over the past few years and the licensure related rules need to be updated to accurately reflect the changes. Applicants licensed in another state and interested in licensure in Washington state need to have accurate, current regulations available to them. RCW 18.32.215 Licensure without examination -- Licensed in another state; was amended during the 2003 legislative session. A CR-101 for WAC 246-817-135 has already been filed under WSR 04-08-096 to implement amended RCW 18.32.215, and changes to that rule necessitate changes to the rules listed above.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: Collaborative rule making.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Lisa R. Anderson, Dental Program Manager, Dental Quality Assurance Commission, P.O. Box 47867, Olympia, WA 98504-7867, phone (360) 236-4863, fax (360) 664-9077, e-mail lisa.anderson@doh.wa.gov. The commission will notify all individuals and organizations who have expressed an interest in the commission's rule-making activities via the Listserv e-mail notification system. Stakeholders may also submit written comments for consideration.

June 18, 2007

Lisa Anderson

Dental Program Manager

Washington State Code Reviser's Office