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.
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