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Trump Suspension Affects Few Pending Regulations Concerning Dentistry

February 01, 2017

President Trump's suspension of all rules and regulations pending review by incoming agency heads has not had a significant effect on dentistry. There are two rules the ADA has been following for some time that were affected: (1) the Environmental Protection Agency's amalgam separator rule and (2) the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's confidentiality and recordkeeping rule. ADA News published a story, "Amalgam separator final rule included in government freeze," earlier this month.

The Trump Administration has not provided a timeline for review of proposed rules other than to say the suspension will continue "until a department or agency head appointed or designated by the President after noon on January 20, 2017, reviews and approves the regulation." Moreover, it will be difficult to get a status from the agencies until the president lifts his gag order.

(The ADA has had some inquiries from members asking about the FDA's ban on powdered gloves, but that rule is not affected by the suspension, having gone into effect before the new presidents was sworn in.)