Roles and Functions of the Dental Council
The Dental Council is an independent statutory body established under section 114(2) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003. As an independent statutory body, the Dental Council has an obligation to conduct its activities in an open and ethical manner. In addition, the Council has a duty to operate effectively in a manner consistent with its functions as set out in section 118 of the Act.
Section 118 of the Act requires the Council to:
  • prescribe the qualifications required for scopes of practice within the profession, and for that purpose, to accredit and monitor educational institutions and degrees, courses of studies and programmes.
  • authorise the registration of health practitioners under this Act, and to maintain registers
  • consider applications for annual practising certificates
  • review and promote the competence of health practitioners
  • recognise, accredit and set programmes to ensure the ongoing competence of health practitioners
  • receive and act on information from health practitioners, employers and the Health and Disability Commissioner about the competence of health practitioners
  • notify employers, Accident Compensation Corporation, the Director-General of Health and the Health and Disability Commissioner that the practice of a health practitioner may pose a risk of harm to the public
  • consider the cases of health practitioners who may be unable to perform the functions required for the practice of the profession
  • set standards of clinical competence and ethical conduct to be observed by health practitioners of the profession
  • liaise with other authorities under this Act about matters of common interest
  • promote education and training in the profession
  • promote public awareness of the role and responsibilities of the authority
  • exercise and perform any other functions, powers and duties that are conferred or imposed upon it by or under the Act or any other enactment.