College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Summary of Decision:
The amendments were filed as O. Reg 167/11. The regulation was published on e-laws on May 20th, 2011 and it is anticipated that the regulations will be published in the Ontario Gazette on June 4th, 2011.
May 20, 2011
Summary of Proposal:
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In Ontario, the regulation of health professions is based on a self-governance model. There are 21 health regulatory colleges governing 23 health professions under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA) and their respective health profession Acts. Health regulatory colleges operate at arm's length from the provincial government and independently administer their own internal processes.
Under the RHPA and the Dental Hygiene Act, 1991, the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario (CDHO) is responsible for governing the profession of dental hygienists in Ontario in the public interest. The RHPA provides health regulatory colleges the authority to make regulations on a variety of subject matters concerning quality assurance (QA). All regulations are subject to the prior review by the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and the approval of the Lieutenant Governor in Council.
On May 18, 2011 amendments to Part VI (Quality Assurance) of O. Reg 218/04 under the Dental Hygiene Act, 1991 came into force. The amendments were filed as O. Reg 167/11. The regulation was published on e-laws on May 20th, 2011 and it is anticipated that the regulations will be published in the Ontario Gazette on June 4th, 2011.
These amendments were proposed by the CHDO to ensure that the CDHO's QA program and QA regulation meet the new QA requirements in the Health Professions Procedural Code (Code), which is Schedule 2 to the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA) that came into force in June 2009. The Code requires all health regulatory colleges to make a regulation prescribing a quality assurance program.
The fundamental principle behind the proposed regulatory amendments is to protect the public by ensuring that members of the CDHO practise the profession of dental hygiene in a safe and competent manner and that their practice, knowledge, skills and judgment remain current in relation to the profession's standards of practice, changes in practice environments and technology, entry to practice competencies, and other relevant issues.
Contact: Jane Cain, Executive Assistant
Phone: 416-961-6234 Ext. 226
Address: 69 Bloor St. East, Suite 300 Toronto, ON M4W 1A9
May 18, 2011