Dental Assistants Regulation Amended

March 31, 2023

A legislative building and a scroll depicting a legislative document.The Alberta Government has been working to make the health system more efficient and responsive while supporting and protecting patients. That work included Bill 46, the Health Statutes Amendment Act, 2020, which amended the Health Professions Act (HPA).

As of March 31, 2023, the Bill 46 changes are in effect and Alberta has a new regulatory framework to improve governance and accountability. We support Government’s vision and appreciate their efforts to ensure the health-care system and health professionals meet the health needs of Albertans.

The new framework streamlines information. Content that is common to all professions has been moved out of each health profession regulation and into the Health Professions Act. Information specific to a health profession appears in that profession’s regulation, bylaws and standards of practice.

Dental Assistants Profession Regulation

The information that stayed in the amended Dental Assistants Profession Regulation is specific to the dental assisting profession. It covers:

  • Registers (the categories of dental assistants we register: General, Provisional and Courtesy)
  • Registration Requirements
  • Protected Titles (registered dental assistant/RDA and dental assistant/DA)

This chart shows the information that moved out of the Dental Assistants Profession Regulation and where it is now.

Moved out of DAPRMoved Into
Good characterHPA section 28(1)(e)
Liability insuranceHPA section 28(1)(c)
Bylaws section 12
Practice Permit Renewal Requirements and ConditionsRenewal requirements: HPA section 40, Bylaws section 16
Conditions: HPA section 40.1
Restricted ActivitiesHPA
Health Professions Restricted Activities Regulation
Standards of Practice section 8 and 9
Continuing CompetenceStandards of Practice section 18
Alternative Complaint ResolutionHPA section 58
Reinstatement of Registration and Practice Permits cancelled under HPA Part 4HPA section 45.1
Bylaws section 26
Collection and Release of InformationCollection: HPA section 33(4)
Release: HPA section 132(1)(bb)(ii), Bylaws sections 18, 30, 31

Regulating for Albertans

In addition to the changes to the Dental Assistants Profession Regulation, we updated our Bylaws and Standards of Practice to ensure we are regulating dental assistants in the public interest. We are pleased to have worked with Alberta Health and the other colleges toward the new framework. We look forward to continuing to work together to ensure regulatory excellence in Alberta.

Resources

Health Professions Act
Dental Assistants Profession Regulation
Health Professions Restricted Activities Regulation
Bylaws
Standards of Practice

Current date: June 22, 2024

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