Massachusetts dentists and practice administrators should be aware that the rules regarding dental amalgam/mercury recycling certification have changed. In September of 2016, 310 CM 73.00, Amalgam Wastewater and Recycling Regulations for Dental Facilities was updated. Here’s what that means to your Massachusetts dental practice:
Certification Deadlines Have Changed
It used to be that BORID required certification forms to be filed every five years. Now certification forms are due on March 31st of every even numbered year. This means your certificate will be due on March 31, 2018, even if it has been less than five years since you last filed. Subsequent certification forms will be due in 2020, 2022, 2024, and so on, assuming the regulation remains unchanged.
Certification Fee Change
Previously, the fee for dental amalgam/mercury recycling certification was $460, due every 5 years at the time of filing. With this change, the certification fee is $200, due when certification forms are filed on the March 31st date. Failure to file on time or to pay the certification fee in full can result in your practice being out of compliance, with associated penalties potentially applicable.
Other BORID Updates You Need To Know About
BORID has been busy in 2016. In addition to updating dental amalgam/mercury recycling certification rules, they’ve updated polices related to opiod medications and OJT dental assistants. Dentists are very busy people, with full patient loads as well as the challenges of managing their practice. It is almost impossible for any one individual to keep up with the many regulatory bodies that have a say in how your practice needs to operate – but if you don’t do everything by the book, you can have the book thrown at you!
Avoid costly fines and embarrassing headlines by making sure your practice is always in full compliance with all BORID regulations. The easiest, most efficient way to do this is to work with dental compliance specialists, who are fully versed in all relevant regulations. Identifying and addressing issues in advance of their discovery by a regulatory body makes good business sense.