Standards Framework for Oral Health Practitioners
The Dental Council protects public health and safety by requiring all oral health practitioners to meet our standards before they can practise in New Zealand.
The Standards Framework describes the minimum standards of ethical conduct, and clinical and cultural competence that patients and the public can expect from oral health practitioners.
There are three components to the Standards Framework that all registered oral health practitioners must meet:
- Ethical principles - the ethical principles of oral health practice
- Professional standards - what practitioners must do to ensure they adhere to the ethical principles of oral health practice
- Practice standards - detailed standards related to specific practice areas
We protect public health and safety by requiring all oral health practitioners to meet our standards before they can practise as a dentist, dental hygienist, dental therapist, oral health therapist, orthodontic auxiliary, clinical dental technician and dental technician in New Zealand.
Patients have rights as consumers of health and disability services provided by oral health practitioners. The code of rights is law under the Health and Disability Act 1994 (the HDC Act).
If you wish to talk about your complaint you can contact a local HDC advocate 0800 555 050 or a complaints assessor 0800 112 233
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