Public Act 90-0544 of the 90th General Assembly

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Public Act 90-0544

SB786 Re-enrolled                             LRB9000564JSccA

    AN ACT to amend  the  Illinois  Dental  Practice  Act  by
changing Section 16.1.

    Be  it  enacted  by  the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:

    Section 5. The Illinois Dental Practice Act is amended by
changing Section 16.1 as follows:

    (225 ILCS 25/16.1) (from Ch. 111, par. 2316.1)
    Sec. 16.1.  Continuing education.  The  Department  shall
promulgate rules of continuing education for persons licensed
under  this Act.  In establishing rules, the Department shall
require a minimum of 32 hours of study  in  approved  courses
for  dentists  during  each  2  year  licensing  period and a
minimum of 24 hours of study in approved courses  for  dental
hygienists  during  each  2  year  licensing  period.   These
continuing  education  rules  shall  only  apply  to licenses
renewed after November 1, 1992.
    The  Department  shall  approve  only  courses  that  are
relevant to the treatment and care  of  patients,  including,
but  not limited to, clinical courses in dentistry and dental
hygiene and nonclinical courses such as  patient  management,
legal  and  ethical  responsibilities, and stress management.
Courses shall not be approved in such subjects as estate  and
financial   planning,   investments,   or   personal  health.
Approved courses may include, but shall not  be  limited  to,
courses  that  are offered or sponsored by approved colleges,
universities,  and  hospitals  and  by  recognized  national,
State, and local dental and dental hygiene organizations.
    No  license  shall  be   renewed   unless   the   renewal
application  is  accompanied  by an affidavit indicating that
the applicant has completed the required  minimum  number  of
hours of continuing education in approved courses as required
by  this Section.   The affidavit shall not require a listing
of courses. The affidavit shall be  a  prima  facie  evidence
that  the  applicant  has  obtained  the  minimum  number  of
required  continuing education hours in approved courses. The
Department shall not be obligated to conduct random audits or
otherwise independently verify that an applicant has met  the
continuing  education  requirement.  The Department, however,
may not conduct  random  audits  of  more  than  10%  of  the
licensed  dentists and dental hygienists in any one licensing
cycle  to  verify  compliance   with   continuing   education
requirements.   If   the   Department,  however,  receives  a
complaint that a licensee  has  not  completed  the  required
continuing  education  or  if the Department is investigating
another alleged violation of this  Act  by  a  licensee,  the
Department  may  demand  and  shall  be  entitled  to receive
specific evidence from any licensee of completion of required
continuing education courses for the most recently  completed
2 year licensing period. Evidence of continuing education may
include,  but  is  not  limited to, canceled checks, official
verification forms of attendance,  and  continuing  education
recording  forms,  that  demonstrate  a  reasonable record of
attendance. The  Illinois  State  Board  of  Dentistry  shall
determine,   in   accordance   with   rules  adopted  by  the
Department, whether a  licensee  or  applicant  has  met  the
continuing education requirements. Any dentist who holds more
than one license under this Act shall be required to complete
only  the  minimum  number  of  hours of continuing education
required for renewal of a single license.  The Department may
provide exemptions from  continuing  education  requirements.
The  exemptions  shall  include, but shall not be limited to,
dentists and dental hygienists  who  agree  not  to  practice
within the State during the licensing period because they are
retired from practice.
(Source: P.A. 89-80, eff. 6-30-95; 89-116, eff. 7-7-95.)
    Section  99.   Effective  date.   This  Act  takes effect
January 1, 1998.

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