Texas Register Preamble
The State Board of Dental Examiners (Board) adopts on an emergency basis an amendment to 22 TAC §108.7, in response to the COVID-19 disaster declaration. The amendment is being made pursuant to Executive Order GA 19, and dictates the minimum standards for safe practice during the COVID-19 disaster.
This rule is adopted on an emergency basis due to the imminent peril to the public health, safety and welfare caused by failure to adhere to the minimum standards for safe practice during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The amended definitions are applicable only for purposes of the COVID-19 disaster declaration and shall only remain effective until the COVID-19 disaster declaration is terminated.
The emergency rule amendment is adopted under Texas Occupations Code §254.001(a), which gives the Board authority to adopt rules necessary to perform its duties and ensure compliance with state laws relating to the practice of dentistry to protect the public health and safety.
In addition, the emergency rule amendment is adopted on an emergency basis pursuant to Texas Government Code §2001.034, which authorizes the adoption of a rule on an emergency basis without prior notice and comment based upon a determination of imminent peril to the public health, safety or welfare.
The statutes affected by this rule: Dental Practice Act, Chapters 251 and 263, Texas Occupations Code.
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