New IPC Standards for Dentistry

December 13, 2022

On January 1, 2023, dental practices will be following new Infection Prevention and Control Standards and Risk Management for Dentistry (IPC Standards). The College of Dental Surgeons of Alberta (CDSA) updated their IPC Standards to align with the Government of Alberta’s Reusable & Single Use Medical Devices Standards.

Dental assistants must meet or exceed the CDSA’s IPC Standards. This requirement is set out in our Standards of Practice – Standard 11 Competence, at 11.2 e). We have reached out to our registrants with details about the changes so they can continue to meet the standards for providing Albertans with safe care.

This diagram shows that the Infection Prevention and Control Standards are the rules and requirements dental assistants must apply to their practice. The Standards set the minimum standards for safe care. The Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines support the Standards by giving how-to and best practice guidance to dental assistants.

To support dental assistants in their practice, we worked with other oral health colleges to develop Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines. The Guidelines offer clear and practical information to oral health care providers as they interpret and apply the IPC Standards.

If you have questions about dental assistants’ practice, reach out to our Regulatory Compliance Advisors. They are available to answer your questions

Current date: February 6, 2023