The Health Professions Act (HPA) is legislation implemented by the Government of Alberta to provide a common regulatory framework for regulated health professions in Alberta. This legislation allows health professions to self regulate their profession, while being accountable to the Government of Alberta.
The ADA&C is the regulatory body of dentists in Alberta and provides the public with information and services, to ensure that Albertans receive safe, appropriate, ethical and quality dental care.
Dentists Profession Regulation
Under the HPA, the ADA&C is governed by the Dentists Profession Regulation which contains a scope of practice statement and a set of restricted activities that outline what dentists are authorized to undertake.
Code of Ethics
The ADA&C Code of Ethics is a set of principles of professional conduct that governs all registered dentists (generalists and specialists) and establishes the expectations for dentists in fulfilling duties to their patients, to the public, and to the profession.
The ADA&C Bylaws
Under the Health Professions Act, regulatory responsibilities of the ADA&C are:
- establishing entrance requirements for the profession, including academic preparation, and examinations
- registering of dentists in the province of Alberta
- maintaining a register of regulated dentists
- administering the Health Professions Act
- administering the Dentists Profession Regulation
- developing, administering and enforcing the bylaws, policies and procedures necessary to fulfil the requirements of governing legislation
- adopting a Code of Ethics for the profession
- establishing and setting standards of practice for the profession including:
- Standard of Practice: Infection Prevention and Control and Risk Management for Dentistry
- Standard of Practice: Facial Esthetics and Adjunctive Procedures
- Standard of Practice: Sexual Abuse and Sexual Misconduct
- Standard of Practice: Privacy and Managment of Patient Health Information
- Standard of Practice: Informed Consent
- Standard of Practice: Patient Records
- Standard of Practice: Dental Facility Accreditation
- Standard of Practice: Use of Sedation in Non-Hospital Dental Practice
- developing, implementing and monitoring a Continuing Competence Program for the profession
- investigating, adjudicating and resolving complaints
- liaising with the Government of Alberta regarding the Health Professions Act and other relevant legislation
- liaising with other dentistry regulatory authorities
- liaising with other professional regulatory authorities