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Florida Board of Dentistry charges state dental association to create task force to develop restorative functions training.

In July 2011, the Florida Dental Association (FDA) formally proposed a pathway be developed for expanding the role of dental auxiliaries. The Florida Board of Dentist, recognizing the FDA's position that access to care is a critical issue in the oral health arena and the need to find more efficient ways to deliver quality oral health care is critical, charged the FDA to assemble a task force with consultants representing organized dentistry, dental education, dental hygiene, and dental assisting.

The group's directive was to develop a proposed template to be used in the development of restorative functions training in the state. In its final form, the Florida Dental Association Board of Trustees approved the release of a proposal for the Restorative Functions Dental Auxiliary (RFDA) that was inclusive of on-the-job trained dental assistants. The FDA proposal outlined a basic curriculum for training restorative functions auxiliaries, opening the door for dental assistants who do not possess a high school diploma and those who have had no formal standardized dental assisting education or experience. Those who successfully completed the training course were eligible to receive a lifetime certificate of competency in restorative dental functions. The model intentionally omitted any provision for the Florida Department of Health or any other state or national agency to assure the auxiliary's continuing competence and participation in continuing education activities.

The Florida Dental Assistants Association (FDAA), the Florida Dental Hygiene Association (FDHA), and the Florida Allied Dental Educators (FADE) joined forces to issue a joint statement to the Florida Dental Association and the Florida Board of Dentistry maintaining their commitment "to the values that all dental consumers in the state of Florida also have the right to be assured quality dental treatment provided by competent dental personnel who have demonstrated proficiency through the completion of the highest quality of accredited educational experiences, passed standardized didactic and clinical competency verification protocols, and remain supervised by state--established accountability practices." (January 2012, FDAA, FDHA, FADE.) Upholding their stipulations that mandatory formal education and supervised credentialing must be an integral part of any proposal for advanced restorative functions auxiliaries, the FDAA, FDHA, and FADE jointly affirmed that support could not be extended to the FDA Workforce Proposal of July 2011. As of this date, the issue regarding a proposed Restorative Functions Dental Auxiliary is presumed to have been tabled by the FDA and the Florida Board of Dentistry.

compiled by Ronda V. Lane, CDA, RDA, FADAA, BS

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Title Annotation:Legislative InfoNotes
Author:Lane, Ronda V.
Publication:The Dental Assistant
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Nov 1, 2012
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