Dental Practice Review Regulations
made under Section 45 of the
S.N.S. 1992, c. 3
O.I.C. 2008-100 (March 11, 2008), N.S. Reg. 102/2008
1 These regulations may be cited as the Dental Practice Review Regulations.
2 In these regulations,
(a) “Act” means the Dental Act;
(b)“Committee” means the Dental Practice Review Committee;
(c) “Dental Practice Review Program” means the program established by theseregulations for conducting practice reviews;
(d) “practice review” means an on-site inspection and assessment of a licensee’spractice conducted in accordance with these regulations;
(e) “self-assessment document” means a document that lists specific things to bechecked in a practice review.
Dental Practice Review Committee
3 (1) The Committee must consist of 3 licensed dentists appointed by the Board, each ofwhom has practised dentistry for at least 5 years.
(2) The Committee chair must be appointed by the Board from the Committee members.
(3)The initial terms of the Committee members are as follows:
(a)the initial chair and one member for 3 years;
(b)one member for 2 years.
(4) Each subsequent member of the Committee must serve a term of 3 years and the firstmembers and succeeding members may be reappointed for two additional 3-yearterms.
(5) Any vacancy on the Committee must be filled by a licensed dentist appointed by theBoard for the unexpired term of the vacated position.
(6) The Committee is responsible for administering the Dental Practice Review Programin accordance with these regulations.
Form of self-assessment document
4 A self-assessment document must be in a form approved by the Board in consultation withthe Dental Association.
Licensed dentists randomly selected for self-assessment
5 (1) Once a year, the Committee, using a random sampling process that is approved bythe Board and stratified by district, must select 15% of licensed dentists in privatepractice to complete a self-assessment document.
(2) A licensed dentist selected to complete a self-assessment document must completeand return the self-assessment document to the Committee.
(3) The Committee must review and evaluate all returned self-assessment documents.
Licensed dentists required to undergo practice review
6 (1) After reviewing and evaluating returned self-assessment documents under subsection5(3), the Committee, using a random sampling process that is approved by the Boardand stratified by district, must select 15% of the licensed dentists who returned self-assessment documents for a practice review.
(2) A licensed dentist is required to undergo a practice review in any of the followingcircumstances:
(a) the Board selects the licensed dentist at random under subsection (1);
(b) the licensed dentist is directed to the Committee by the Registrar or by theComplaints Committee;
(c) the Committee directs it after reviewing and evaluating a self-assessmentdocument.
(3) A licensed dentist who is required by clause (2)(b) to undergo a practice review as aresult of being directed to the Committee by the Registrar or by the ComplaintsCommittee is not required to complete a self-assessment document beforeundergoing the practice review.
7 The Committee must appoint assessors to conduct practice reviews on one or morelicensed dentists who are required by Section 6 to undergo a practice review.
Practice review procedure
8 (1) After a practice review, the Committee must send a written report to the licenseddentist so that the licensed dentist may identify any omissions or errors of fact.
(2) A licensed dentist who receives a written report under subsection (1) may makewritten submissions to the Committee no later than 30 days after the date thelicensed dentist receives the report.
(3) After considering a report on a practice review and any other information that theCommittee considers relevant to the practice review, as well as the licensed dentist’swritten submissions, if any, the Committee must decide whether there aredeficiencies in the licensed dentist’s practice.
(4) If the Committee decides that there are no deficiencies in a licensed dentist’spractice, the Committee must advise the licensed dentist of the decision, and nofurther action is required.
(5) If the Committee decides that there are deficiencies in a licensed dentist’s practice,the Committee must make written recommendations to the licensed dentist on waysto correct the deficiencies and give the licensed dentist an opportunity to correctthem.
Further practice review
9 (1) In addition to making recommendations to a licensed dentist under subsection 8(5)respecting deficiencies in the licensed dentist’s practice, the Committee may requirethe licensed dentist to undergo a further practice review to determine whether thedeficiencies have been corrected.
(2) Subsections 8(1) and (2) dealing with the written report and the licensed dentist’sright to make written submissions to the Committee apply with the necessarymodifications to a further practice review under subsection 9(1).
(3) After considering a report on a further practice review and any other information thatthe Committee considers relevant to the further practice review, as well as thelicensed dentist’s written submissions, if any, the Committee must decide whetherthere are still deficiencies in the licensed dentist’s practice.
(4) If the Committee decides that there are no longer any deficiencies in a licenseddentist’s practice, the Committee must advise the licensed dentist of the decision,and no further action is required.
(5) If the Committee decides that there are still deficiencies in a licensed dentist’spractice, the Committee must refer the matter to the Registrar and must include inthe referral all of the Committee’s practice review reports and all of the licenseddentist’s submissions, if any, in response to the practice review reports.
(6) If the Committee refers a matter to the Registrar under subsection (6), the Registrarmay conduct an investigation of the matter in accordance with the Act and theDiscipline Regulations made under the Act.