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Newfoundland Regulation 2001


NEWFOUNDLAND REGULATION 47/01

NEWFOUNDLAND REGULATION 47/01

Dental Auxiliaries’ Regulations (Amendment)
under the
Dental Act

(Filed July 10, 2001)

Under the authority of section 21 of the Dental Act, with the approval of the Minister of Health and Community Services, the Newfoundland Dental Board makes the following regulations.

Dated at St. John’s, July 10, 2001.

Gerald Smith
Minister of Health and Community Services

Paul O’Brien
Registrar
Newfoundland Dental Board

REGULATIONS

Analysis


        1.   S.4 Amdt.
Dental hygienists

        2.   S.7 R&S
Dental assistant requirements

        3.   S.8 R&S
Renewal of licence

        4.   S.21 Amdt.
Level II dental assistants


CNR 1013/96
as amended

        1. Section 4 of the Dental Auxiliaries’ Regulations is amended by adding immediately after paragraph (c) the following:

          (c.1)  have successfully completed a certification examination from the National Dental Hygiene Certification Board, or an equivalent certification examination of a province or territory of Canada;

        2. Section 7 of the regulations is repealed and the following substituted:

Level II dental assistants

        7. (1) An applicant applying for registration and licensure as a dental assistant shall

             (a)  complete an application form supplied by the registrar;

             (b)  pay the fees prescribed by the board;

             (c)  show proof of current membership in good standing in the Newfoundland Dental Assistants' Association;

             (d)  either

                      (i)  show

                            (A)  proof of graduation from a Level II full-time dental assistants’ training program, which is

                                      (I)  recognized by the board,

                                    (II)  fully accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada or a successor organization, and

                                   (III)  providing a program with the necessary training in the intra-oral duties set out in subsection 21(3), and

                            (B)  evidence satisfactory to the board that the applicant holds a National Dental Assisting Examining Board (NDAEB) Certificate, or

                     (ii)  show

                            (A)  proof of graduation from a non-accredited Level II dental assistants' training program which is

                                      (I)  fully recognized by the board, and

                                    (II)  providing a program with the necessary training in the intra-oral duties set out in subsection 21(3), and

                            (B)  evidence satisfactory to the board that the applicant holds a National Dental Assisting Examining Board (NDAEB) Certificate; and

             (e)  comply with other requirements that the board considers appropriate.

             (2)  The training program referred to in clause (1)(d)(i)(A) shall be of at least one year academic duration, and shall involve both didactic and clinical components.

             (3)  In the event that the applicant graduated from the training program more than 3 years before the application, and has not practised as a licensed Level II dental assistant during that period, the applicant may be required to pass examinations, complete an upgrading program, or both, as required by the board.

             (4)  In addition to meeting the requirements of subparagraph (1)(d)(ii) an applicant may be subject to a practical evaluation approved by the board.

             (5)  An applicant applying for registration and licensure as a dental assistant who demonstrates to the satisfaction of the board that he or she has completed 900 hours of clinical practise as a dental assistant in the previous 3 years is exempt from the requirements of paragraph 7(1)(d).

        3. Section 8 of the regulations is repealed and the following substituted:

Renewal of licence

        8. A registered dental auxiliary shall have a licence renewed upon

             (a)  payment of the renewal fee prescribed by the board;

             (b)  proof that the auxiliary is in good standing with the board as defined in section 26;

             (c)  in the case of a dental hygienist whose licence has not been renewed for 3 years or who has not practised for the same period, successful completion of an upgrading course which includes clinical and didactic content as prescribed by the board;

             (d)  in the case of a dental hygienist, proof of current membership in good standing in the Newfoundland Dental Hygienists' Association;

             (e)  in the case of a Level II dental assistant whose licence has not been renewed for 3 years or who has not practised for the same period, successful completion of an upgrading course which includes clinical and didactic content as prescribed by the board;

              (f)  in the case of a Level II dental assistant, proof of current membership in good standing in the Newfoundland Dental Assistants' Association; and

             (g)  evidence satisfactory to the board of compliance with guidelines of the mandatory continuing education.

        4. Subsection 21(3) of the regulations is repealed and the following substituted:

             (3)  A Level II dental assistant who is registered and licensed by the board may provide the services enumerated in subsection (1) in the manner provided for in subsection (2), and may in addition, under the direct supervision of a practitioner licensed under the Act, perform the following services:

             (a)  carry out the exposure, processing and mounting of dental radiographs;

             (b)  take preliminary impressions for study casts;

             (c)  provide dental nutritional counselling;

             (d)  provide topical application of anticariogenic agents;

             (e)  take and record vital signs;

              (f)  apply desensitizing agents;

             (g)  application and removal of rubber dams;

             (h)  application and removal of matrices and wedges;

              (i)  selective rubber cup polishing;

              (j)  oral hygiene instruction;

             (k)  application of treatment lines, excluding pulpal involvement; and

              (l)  in relation to orthodontic module, where a Level II dental assistant has successfully completed the appropriate training as required under section 7,

                      (i)  preparation of tooth surface for placement of orthodontic bands,

                     (ii)  place and remove separators,

                    (iii)  fit orthodontic bands before cementation,

                    (iv)  remove orthodontic attachments,

                     (v)  cement orthodontic bands,

                    (vi)  remove excess cement with hand instruments,

                   (vii)  positioning and exposing of extra-oral films,

                  (viii)  tying in of archwires fitted by orthodontist,

                    (ix)  removal of orthodontic archwires, and

                     (x)  adaptation and removal of orthodontic ligatures.