The Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (the Act) requires every health practitioner practising in New Zealand to hold a current annual practising certificate (APC).
Practising without a current APC is an offence punishable by a fine of up to $10,000.
The APC renewal for dentists and dental specialists has been completed for the practising cycle from 1 October 2018 to 30 September 2019. It was concerning to see that 344 dentists and dental specialists had not renewed their APC on time.
If you are practising without a current practising certificate, you must cease practise immediately. You can only lawfully resume practise once you have a valid APC.