The Florida Department of Health, through its Division of Medical Quality Assurance (MQA), determines whether health care practitioners meet minimum licensure requirements. Currently, Florida has over 860,000 licensed health care practitioners. The division, in conjunction with 22 boards and 6 councils, is responsible for regulatory activities of 200-plus license types in more than 40 health care professions and 37 types of facilities. MQA\'s three key business processes are licensure, enforcement and information.
The FDA’s vision for the future is that: Oral health will be considered by all to be an essential part of overall health. All individuals will have access to and proactively seek oral health care from qualified, ethical dental professionals. FDA members will be the best qualified and most ethical oral health care professionals in Florida. The FDA will be seen as the primary, most-trusted and most-accessed resource for information and education about oral health care and its delivery in the state of Florida. Freedom of practice will remain an integral element of the evolving oral health care delivery environment.