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Learn more about upcoming deadlines through 2021 regarding licensing and certification requirements for dental professionals in Massachusetts.

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April 30, 2022 - MWRA Biennial Group Permit Compliance Report

The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) recently sent a letter to all industry wastewater permittees—including dental offices that are D1 policy holders—referencing an amendment that now has a requirement for submittals to be emailed in addition to post mailed. (D1 permits are required for all dental offices with amalgam waste.) This letter has generated much confusion and several calls to the Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) Member Assistance Center. The MDS has been informed by MWRA Director of Toxic Reduction and Control Matthew Dam that there is no action that D1 dental permit holders need to take with this amendment now unless the office is selling or transferring ownership.

The next compliance report is due April 30, 2022. The MWRA will be mailing all D1 permit holders a compliance report form, along will submittal instructions, in the February/March 2022 timeframe. All permit holders should have a copy of their permit. The required submittal information on page 5 of the D1 permit lists:


A. Biennial Report due April 30 every two years: You must submit a Biennial Group Permit Compliance Report (Compliance Report) to the MWRA by April 30 every two years, on even calendar years, on a report form provided by the MWRA (unless the form requires a different report date). The MWRA will provide you with the report form by March 15 every two years. You must contact the MWRA by March 31 if you did not receive your Compliance Report form so that a form may be provided to you. You are not excused from filing the Compliance Report on time if you did not receive a copy of the report form, unless you notified the MWRA in writing by March 31 that you did not receive that form.

If you have any questions pertaining to the permit conditions or any information set forth in this revision, please contact MWRA Industrial Coordinator Keary Simmerman or 617.305.5638.

March 31, 2022 - Dentist License Renewal and MassHealth ORP

Massachusetts dentists are required to complete 40 continuing education credits and renew their dental licenses by March 31, 2022.

M.G.L. c. 112, s. 45 mandates that the Board of Registration in Dentistry (BORID) condition the renewal of all dental licenses on a dentist’s application to participate in MassHealth as an Ordering, Referring, and Prescribing (ORP) non-billing provider unless the dentist is already enrolled as an approved billing provider. Accordingly, you will not be permitted to renew your dental license unless and until you submit an ORP enrollment form to MassHealth. 

While this law went into effect in November 2017, this is the second time that Massachusetts dentists will need to attest to participating as a MassHealth provider or as a non-billing provider as a condition of the license renewal process. Note: You must answer "yes" to the following attestation questions:

  • Are you enrolled in MassHealth as a fully participating provider or non-billing provider OR have you submitted a thoroughly completed application to be a fully participating provider and a signed provider contract with MassHealth? 
  • Do you consent to the Bureau of Health Professions Licensure and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, and its enrollment vendor, to obtain, read, copy, and share with each other information regarding your MassHealth application and enrollment status and professional licensure status? 
Contact the Dentaquest MassHealth Credentialing Customer Service Department at 800.233.1468 before you renew your license to verify you have completed this requirement.

November 1, 2021 - Dental Assistants License Renewal

March 31, 2021 - Dental Hygienists License Renewal

January 1, 2021 - Paid Family Leave Benefits Expanding

January 1, 2021 - Electronic Prescribing for Controlled Substances (EPCS)

July 14, 2020 - Install Amalgam Separators

March 31, 2020 - Amalgam Separator Certification Deadline