S.F. No. 288 establishes regulations for dental laboratories and dental technicians employed by the laboratories.
Section 1 (150B.01) states that dental laboratories conducting business in this state must adhere to the regulatory procedures in these sections in order to promote the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of this state.
Section 2 (150B.02) defines the following terms: “dental laboratory,” “dental technician,” “certified dental technician,” “licensed dentist,” work order,” and “work authorization.”
Section 3 (150B.03) establishes the registration for dental laboratories.
Subdivision 1, paragraph (a), requires a dental laboratory operating, doing business, or intending to do business in this state to register with the Board of Dentistry every two years. The Board must provide the laboratory with a unique registration number that identifies the dental laboratory.
Paragraph (b) requires the dental laboratory to practice infectious disease control as required by OSHA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Paragraph (c) states that a dental laboratory in another state or country that provides service to a dentist licensed in this state is required to be registered with the state.
Paragraph (d) states that dental laboratories registered in this state are subject to inspections as directed by the Board of Dentistry.
Subdivision 2 requires the dental technological work to be based on a prescription issued by a licensed dentist. The prescription may be handwritten, and may be faxed or sent electronically using an electronic signature. The laboratory shall not diagnose or issue a treatment plan with a patient for or in place of the prescribing dentist.
Subdivision 3 requires a practicing dentist in this state to use for any dental laboratory work that is not performed within the dentist’s office a dental laboratory registered with the state and displaying a state registration number.
Subdivision 4, paragraph (a), requires the dental laboratory to disclose to the dentist, within seven days of a written request, the complete material content of a prescribed restoration, and the material content notice must be included in the patient record.
Paragraph (b) requires the laboratory to return to the dentist who issued the prescription certification the country of origin where the dental technological work was performed; and the name, address, and registration number of the laboratory authorized to manufacture the dental device.
Subdivision 5 requires the dental laboratories to pay a registration fee of $300 every to years.
Section 4 (150B.04) requires a dental laboratory to: (1) obtain certification from the National Association of Dental Laboratories; (2) employ a certified dental technician to work in the laboratory; (3) obtain ISO certification; or (4) obtain Dental Appliance Manufacturers Audit System certification.
Section 5 (150B.05) states that a dentist licensed in this state must not have a dental prosthetic appliance manufactured in a dental laboratory that does not meet the requirements of this chapter.
Section 6 (150B.06) requires each dental laboratory to have documentation on file certifying that each dental technician has completed eight hours of continuing education biennially. The continuing education courses must address areas of professional development. Each dental laboratory is required to submit a sworn affidavit attesting that each dental technicians has completed the continuing education required in this section, and must retain in its records any information necessary to document completion of the continuing education requirement. The Board of Dentistry may request the applicant to provide the documentation if the Board has cause, and may request the documentation from applicants selected at random without cause.
Section 7 (150B.07) states that this chapter applies to dental laboratories that are located within a dental practice and the dental technicians employed by the practice.