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It is imperative that AP’s and all health practitioners be well versed in the laws and regulations that govern their practice. In spirit, the laws have been developed to protect the public. But times and situations change. Thus, the laws and regulations can and should change. Governing bodies are under no obligation to notify individual health care providers of changes or new interpretations. The AP Council will update this page when changes are apparent.
Some of the more routine portions of the law can be easy to miss or disregard. However, there are serious consequences for doing so. For instance, be sure to change your name, address (including e-mail address) within 30 days of any modification.
AB 1174 An act to amend Sections 1684.5, 1925, and 1944 of, to add Section 1926.05 to, and to add, repeal, and add Sections 1753.55 and 1910.5 of the Business and Professions Code, and to add and repeal Section 128196 of the Health and Safety Code, and to amend Section 14132.725 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to oral health.
Overall law effective January 2015.
Complete California Law
Dental Hygiene Board of California Laws and Regulations
Dental Hygiene Board of California Statues Handbook
Business and Professional Code Article 9. Dental Hygienists
With special attention to sections:
California Penal Code: Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act
Welfare and Institutions Code: Elder of Dependent Adult Abuse
Title 16, Division 10, CH 1 Article 1 General Provisions, Section 1005
Title 16, Division 10, CH 1, Article 4, Section 1017
CDA Code of Ethics 2017
Ethics and Law in Dental Hygiene (3rd ed Beemsterboer, PL 2017)
(Text used as a resource for the RDHAP Law and Ethics Exam)