This page sets out the policies Council has adopted in relation to the administration and interpretation of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003.

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Registration as an oral health practitioner in New Zealand

Restoration to the Dental Register

Practising status

Notification of practising status to relevant responsible authority


Recertification of oral health practitioners (up to 31 December 2021)

Continuing professional development activities

Continuing professional development noncompliance

Approval of continuing professional development providers

Recertification of oral health practitioners (from 31 October 2021)

Fitness to practise

English language and test requirements

Recency of Practice

Registration information for dental students convicted of any offence against the law


The New Zealand Dental Registration Examinations

Complaints and concerns

Naming practitioners who are the subject of an order or direction made by Council (Naming Policy)

Dealing with complaints and concerns

Cases of suspected illegal dental practice

Health and competence

Competence review

Threshold for notification of risk of harm to another organisation 

Management of health impaired practitioners

Statement on the health and well-being of oral health practitioners

Dental Practice and voluntary restrictions


Approval of courses to equip registered oral health practitioners to remove exclusions from their scope of practice



Annual Practising Certificate (APC) fees

Level of reserves

Budgeting and fee setting

Procedural guidance

Restricted procedures 

Restricted activities and the practice of bleaching by non-registered practitioners


Guidelines on consultation