Legislation, Regulations and Resources for Dental Assistants

Jurisprudence is part of your professional responsibilities. You must have a practical understanding about the laws and rules that are relevant to your practice and be able to apply that knowledge.

You should have working knowledge of the laws and rules. For example, how/where to access them, the topics they cover and how to use them.

Below you’ll find several documents and resources that apply to and help guide the practice of dental assistants. Depending on your role, practice setting and/or location, there may be others that apply to you. For example, if you practice where other laws or rules apply, like Lloydminster, on reserve land, for a health authority or the military.

General PracticeDescription
Code of Ethicsguidance for ethical practice
Competency Profileoutlines the competencies of dental assistants
Dental Assistants Profession Regulationlegislation specific to the dental assisting profession
Dental Assisting Guidelines and FAQsresources to guide safe, competent practice
Dental Assisting Entry Practices and Advanced Practicesthe intra-oral, patient care services dental assistants may be authorized to provide
Heath Professions Actlegislation that governs health professionals and delegates the regulation of dental assisting to our College
Health Professions Act Handbooka guide to the provisions and principles within the Health Professions Act
Standards of Practicestandards that dental assistants are expected to meet in their practice

PrivacyDescription
Health Information Actlegislation that provides a framework for collecting, using and disclosing health information
Health Information Regulationregulates matters pertaining to the Health Information Act
Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Albertaoversight and enforcement of Alberta’s access and privacy Acts
Personal Information Protection Actlegislation that provides a framework for collecting, using and disclosing personal information
Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Actlegislation that applies when personal information crosses provincial or national borders

ReportingDescription
Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Actunder Section 4, dental assistants have a duty to report if a child is in need of intervention
Health Information Regulationunder Section 8.2(1), dental assistants must report to the custodian when a breach occurs
Heath Professions Actdental assistants must report:
under Section 1.1(1) a nuisance or threat to public safety;
under section 127.2(1) if the conduct of another member of any regulated college constitutes sexual abuse or sexual misconduct
Public Health Actunder Section 22(1), dental assistants must report if a patient under their care or supervision is infected with a notifiable communicable disease

SafetyDescription
Best Practices Guidelines for Occupational Health and Safety in the Healthcare Industry5 volumes of information for healthcare workers about workplace hazards and control measures
Dental Practice Guidelines During the COVID-19 Pandemicguidance for safe dental practice related to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Handbook of occupational hazards and controls for dental workersfocused information for dental workers summarized from the 5 volumes of Best Practices Guidelines
Infection Prevention and Control Standards and Risk Management for Dentistryinfection prevention standards for dental practice
Occupational Health and Safetyinformation and resources for workers and employers to prevent workplace injuries, illness and fatalities
Occupational Health and Safety Act, Regulation and Codelegislation that provides rules for health, safety and wellness in workplaces
Radiation Protection Actlegislation that sets requirements to protect workers who may be exposed to radiation
Radiation Protection Regulationgoverns radiation equipment registration, sets exposure limits, and prescribes protective measures

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