CE Regulation Requirements

Beginning July 1, 2016, the Board of Registration in Dentistry (BORID) and the DHPL Office of Public Protection began conducting random audits of all licensed dentists for compliance with 234 CMR 8.00, the Board's regulations on continuing education. Each licensed dentist seeking renewal of his or her license to practice in the Commonwealth is required to complete continuing education as a condition precedent to such renewal. A dentist licensed to practice dentistry in the Commonwealth pursuant to M.G.L. c. 112 § 45 must complete a minimum of 40 CEUs per renewal cycle.

Part of the CEUs required for all dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants include a course in infection control in the dental health care setting, and certification in CPR/AED or BLS (or a certification in ACLS or PALS in accordance with requirements for the level of anesthesia permit issued).


In addition, dentists who prescribe controlled substances are required to take a course in pain management/controlled substances.

Credit Hours Required

Definition of CEU

Other Ways to Earn CE Credits

Pain Management / Controlled Substances CE Requirement