Welcome

The Dental Council is a regulatory authority created by the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003. We ensure oral health practitioners meet and maintain our standards in order to protect the health and safety of the New Zealand public.

The oral health practitioners we regulate are dentists, dental specialists, dental therapists, dental hygienists, oral health therapists, clinical dental technicians, dental technicians, and orthodontic auxiliaries.

5 November 2020    Patient records and privacy of health information pract...

The new Privacy Act 2020 comes into force on 1 December 2020, with a revised Health Information Privacy Code (HIPC)...

21 October 2020    Orthodontic auxiliaries and dental assistants – staying...

This update is an important reminder of the supervision requirements for orthodontic auxiliaries and dental assista...

21 October 2020    New Zealand accreditation committee established

The Dental Council has formed a new sub-committee that will make recommendations on accreditation matters for oral ...

22 April 2020    Alert level 3 guidelines for oral health practitioners

Thank you to the oral health teamThe Dental Council would like to thank oral health practitioners for the essential...

17 April 2020    Telehealth guidelines in dentistry

Guideline for using telehealth in dentistry during the COVID-19 alert level responseThe Dental Council has develope...

16 April 2020    Update on guidelines

Update on guidelines for COVID-19 alert levelsProviding healthcare during a global pandemic is complex and challeng...

26 March 2020    Information for all health workers

The Ministry of Health is moving to increase the capacity of the health workforce to deliver essential health servi...

25 March 2020    MOH and Dental Council joint guidance

New Zealand will move to COVID-19 Alert Level 4 at 23:59 on Wednesday 25 March 2020.This will place extreme restric...

23 March 2020    Ministry of Health, Dental Council and Professional Ass...

As you will be aware the Prime Minister has announced New Zealand is now at Level 3 for COVID-19 alert, Restrict - ...

30 January 2020    Update on novel coronavirus

The Ministry of Health has announced that the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is publicly notifiable from today (30 J...