The Dentist and Dental Hygienist Compact allows for greater licensure portability for dental professionals.
The Department of Defense (DoD), the Council of State Governments (CSG), the American Dental Association and the American Dental Hygienist’s Association have been involved in the development of language for these compacts.
The model language of the compacts are legally binding agreements among states that provide pathways through which dentists and dental hygienists can obtain a compact privilege. Dentists and dental hygienists would be licensed in one compact member state and then be allowed to practice in another participating state by obtaining this compact privilege. Seven states must adopt legislation to form a full compact commission, three states have already done so, Iowa, Tennessee, and Washington, and it is poised to be enacted in a few more states in 2023.
In 2024, MDA will monitor and be supportive of the Association of Dental Support Organizations push for Missouri to enter the compact.