Mandatory Continuing Dental Education Regulations (Regulation 9)

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Mandatory Continuing Dental Education Regulations (Regulation 9)

made under subsection 45 (1) of the
Dental Act
S.N.S. 1992, c. 3
O.I.C. 94-486 (June 7, 1994), N.S. Reg. 97/94
1 In this regulation
(a) "Act" means the Dental Act, S.N.S. 1992, c. 3, as amended;
(b) "Board" means the Provincial Dental Board of Nova Scotia;
(c) "Committee" means the Continuing Dental Education Committee;
(d) "Registrar" means the Registrar of the Board.
2 This regulation is made by the Board pursuant to clause (j) of subsection (1) ofSection 45 of the Act.
3 (1) Every licensed dentist is required to obtain ninety credit hours ofcontinuing dental education during each three year cycle established by theCommittee pursuant to clause (b) of Section 7 of this regulation.
(2) Except as provided in subsections (3) and (4), any licensed dentist whofails to complete the requirements of subsection (1) shall be ineligible forlicense renewal until such licensed dentist has obtained the required credithours to meet the requirements of subsection (1).
(3) A licensed dentist who has not completed the requirements of subsection(1) may be eligible for license renewal by successfully completing theNational Dental Examining Board examinations for dentists. Suchexamination may be taken at any regular examination time during the threeyear cycle but no later than the last regular examination time during thethree year cycle.
(4) In extraordinary circumstances the Committee may extend the time for alicensed dentist to complete the requirements of subsection (1).
4 (1) Every licensed dental hygienist is required to obtain forty-five credit hoursof continuing dental education during each three year cycle.
(2) Except as provided in subsections (3) and (4), any licensed dentalhygienist who fails to complete the requirements of subsection (1) shall beineligible for license renewal until such licensed dental hygienist hasobtained the required credit hours to meet the requirements of subsection(1).
(3) A licensed dental hygienist who has not completed the requirements ofsubsection (1) may be eligible for license renewal if the licensed dentalhygienist has completed during the three year cycle clinical and writtenexaminations set by the Board.
(4) In extraordinary circumstances the Committee may extend the time for alicensed dental hygienist to complete the requirements of subsection (1).
5 (1) Every licensed dental assistant is required to obtain thirty-six credit hoursof continuing dental education during each three year cycle.
(2) Except as provided in subsections (3) and (4), any licensed dental assistantwho fails to complete the requirements of subsection (1) shall be ineligiblefor license renewal until such licensed dental assistant has obtained therequired credit hours to meet the requirements of subsection (1).
(3) A licensed dental assistant who has not completed the requirements ofsubsection (1) may be eligible for license renewal if the licensed dentalassistant has completed during the three year cycle clinical and writtenexaminations set by the Board.
(4) In extraordinary circumstances the Committee may extend the time for alicensed dental assistant to complete the requirements of subsection (1).
6 (1) The Board shall appoint a Continuing Dental Education Committeeconsisting of eight members, as follows:
(a) three licensed dentists;
(b) two licensed dental hygienists;
(c) two licensed dental assistants;
(d) the Registrar.
(2) The Board shall consult with the Nova Scotia Dental Association, NovaScotia Dental Hygienists' Association and Nova Scotia Dental Assistants'Association in making appointments to the Committee.
(3) The term of members of the Committee shall be two years and theappointments shall be staggered to permit continuity.
(4) The Board may appoint any member for two additional consecutive twoyear terms.
(5) The Board shall appoint one of the licensed dentists to be Chairperson ofthe Committee who shall be entitled to vote on all matters before theCommittee.
(6) In absence of the Chairperson, the other members may appoint one of theother licensed dentists to act as Chairperson of any meeting of theCommittee.
(7) The quorum for a meeting of the Committee shall be five.
7 The Committee shall
(a) establish and administer the mandatory continuing dental educationprogram in accordance with guidelines established from time to timeby the Board;
(b) determine when each three year cycle begins;
(c) approve continuing dental education courses and assign credits tosuch courses;
(d) encourage sponsoring agencies to offer a sufficient number andvariety of continuing dental education courses;
(e) cooperate with organized groups within dentistry with regard tocontinuing dental education requirements;
(f) determine the reporting and verification procedures for licenseddentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants participating in themandatory continuing dental education program;
(g) report annually to the Board, the Nova Scotia Dental Association, theNova Scotia Dental Hygienists' Association and the Nova ScotiaDental Assistants' Association respecting the mandatory continuingdental education program;
(h) impose other requirements for the proper operation of the mandatorycontinuing dental education program.
8 The Registrar shall
(a) maintain the records of the mandatory continuing dental educationprogram;
(b) serve as the administrator of the mandatory continuing dentaleducation program.
9 Any licensed dentist, dental hygienist or dental assistant who is in dispute withthe Committee with respect to the continuing dental education credits recordedfor such person may appeal the matter to the Board and the finding of the Boardshall be final and binding.