ASSEMBLY, No. 1896






      The Assembly Health Committee reports favorably Assembly Bill No. 1896.

      This bill will adopt the Dentist and Dental Hygienist Compact in New Jersey, which is an interstate compact that will authorize dentists and dental hygienists licensed in a compact state to practice in any other compact state without being individually licensed in that other state. 

      Licensees in a compact state seeking to practice dentistry or dental hygiene in another compact state will be required to apply for a compact privilege to practice in the other state, including paying any applicable fees.  States participating in the compact are required to meet certain requirements related to the licensure of dentists and dental hygienists, require criminal background checks of licensees and applicants for licensure, and participate in a data system that is used to track adverse actions taken against licensees in states participating in the compact.  An adverse action against a licensee in a compact state will suspend the licensee’s authorization to practice in all other compact states.  Licensees are subject to the practice laws and jurisdiction of the state in which the licensee is practicing.

      The compact will be overseen by a commission comprising one commissioner appointed from each member state.  An executive board made up of the chair, vice chair, secretary, and treasurer of the commission, as well as up to three additional commissioners, will be charged with the day-to-day administration of the compact.  The bill sets forth specific requirements concerning the operations and authorities of the commission and the executive board, as well as procedures for enforcing compliance with the compact.

      The compact takes effect when it is adopted in at least seven states.  As of January 2024, Iowa, Tennessee, Washington, and Wisconsin have enacted legislation adopting the Dentist and Dental Hygienist Compact.

      This bill was pre-filed for introduction in the 2024-2025 session pending technical review. As reported, the bill includes the changes required by technical review, which has been performed.