1   Short title

   2   Interpretation

   3   Establishment of the Council

   4   Functions of the Council

   5   Establishment of the Advisory Committee

   6   Functions of the Committee

   7   Appointment of Registrar and other officers and servants

   8   The register

   9   Registration

      Practising certificate

   10   The roll

   11   Enrolment

   12   Corrections of register or roll

   13   Censure, suspension and striking off

   14   The Tribunal

   15   Appeal to the Tribunal

   16   Offences and application

   17   Regulations

   18   Minister may amend monetary penalties




[Date of Commencement: 19th September, 1974]

13 of 1972,
35 of 1999,
7 of 2011.

1   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Dental Act.

2   Interpretation

   In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires-

   "the Advisory Committee" means the Dental Advisory Committee established under section 5;

   "the Council" means the Dental Council established under section 3;

   "dental auxiliary" means a person enrolled as a dental auxiliary in accordance with this Act;

   "functions" include duties and powers;

   "practise of dentistry" includes-

   (a)   the performance of any operation, and the treatment of any diseases, deficiencies, or lesions, on or of the human teeth or jaws, and the correction of malpositions thereof and the performance of radiographic work in connection with the human teeth or jaws;

   (b)   the giving of any anesthetic in connection with any operation on the human teeth or Jaws;

   (c)   the performance of any operation on, or the giving of any treatment, advice, or attendance to, any person, as preparatory to or for the purpose of or for or in connection with the fitting, insertion, fixing, constructing, repairing, or removing of artificial dentures or restorative dental appliances; or

   (d)   the performance of any such operation and the giving of any such treatment, advice, or attendance as is usually performed or given by dentists,

and the expression "to practise" in relation to dentistry has corresponding meaning;

   "the register" means the Register of Dentists specified under section 8;

   "registered dentist" means a person registered as a dentist in accordance with this Act;

   "the Registrar" means the Registrar appointed under section 7;

   "the roll" means the Roll of Dental Auxiliaries specified under section 10.

3   Establishment of the Council

   (1) There shall be established for the purposes of this Act a body to be called the Dental Council, which shall be a body corporate to which the provisions of section 28 of the Interpretation Act, shall apply.

   (2) The provisions of the First Schedule shall have effect with respect to the constitution and procedure of the Council and otherwise in relation thereto.

4   Functions of the Council

   The functions of the Council shall be-

   (a)   to register dentists and enrol dental auxiliaries;

   (b)   to regulate the training of persons for enrolment as dental auxiliaries;

   (c)   to appoint examiners to conduct such examinations in respect of persons applying for registration as dentists and persons applying-for enrolment as dental auxiliaries as may from time to time be necessary under the provisions-of this Act; and

   (d)   to ensure the maintenance of proper standards of professional conduct by persons registered as dentists or enrolled as dental auxiliaries, as the case may be, under this Act.

5   Establishment of his Advisory Committee

   (1) There shall be established for the purposes of this Act, a body to be called the Dental Auxiliaries Advisory Committee (hereinafter referred to as "the Advisory committee").

   (2) The provisions of the Second Schedule shall have effect with respect to the constitution and procedure of the; Advisory Committee and otherwise in relation thereof.

6   Functions of the Committee

   The functions of the Advisory Committee shall be to advise the Council-

   (a)   on matters relating to the administration of the provisions of this Act in respect of dental, auxiliaries;

   (b)   on the various classes of dental auxiliaries, to be prescribed;

   (c)   on the curricula of study and programme of training to be followed by a person for enrolment as a member of a prescribed class of dental auxiliary,

   (d)   n the most effective utilization of the services of the various classes of dental auxiliaries; and

   (e)   generally in respect of dental auxiliaries and their functions.

7   Appointment of Registrar and other officers and servants

   The Council shall appoint and employ at such remuneration, and on such terms and conditions as it thinks fit, a Registrar and such other officers and servants as it thinks necessary for the proper carrying out of the provisions of this Act:

   Provided that the prior approval of the Minister shall be obtained for the assignment to any post of a salary in excess of a rate of one million dollars per annum or such higher rate as the Minister may, by order, prescribe.

[35/1999 s 2.]

8   The Register

   (1) The Council shall cause the Registrar to keep register (to be known as the Register of Dentists) of the names. addresses and qualifications, and such other particulars as may be prescribed, of all persons who are registered under subsection (3) or who apply in the prescribed manner to be registered as dentists and are so registered pursuant to section 9.

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