Dental Registration Act

(Original Enactment: Act 24 of 1999)

(31st July 2009)
An Act to establish the Singapore Dental Council, to provide for the registration of dentists and oral health therapists and for matters connected therewith.
[15th October 1999]
Short title
1.  This Act may be cited as the Dental Registration Act.
2.  In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires —
“appropriate register” means any of the registers referred to in section 13(1), as appropriate;
“Board” means the Health Promotion Board established under the Health Promotion Board Act (Cap. 122B);
“certificate of registration” means a certificate of registration issued under section 16 or 21D;
“Chief Dental Officer” means the Chief Dental Officer of the Ministry of Health;
“Council” means the Singapore Dental Council established under section 3(1);
“Disciplinary Committee” means a Disciplinary Committee appointed under section 37;
“healthcare professional” includes a medical practitioner, a dentist, a nurse, a midwife, a pharmacist, a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner and any other person who is licensed to provide any other healthcare services in Singapore;
“Health Committee” means the Health Committee appointed under section 48;
“practice of dentistry” includes —
(a)the performance of any procedure and the treatment of any disease, deficiency, deformity, malposition or lesion on or of the human teeth or jaws or associated structures, whether intraorally or extraorally;
(b)the performance of radiographic work in connection with the human teeth or jaws or associated structures;
(c)the administration of an anaesthetic agent in connection with any procedure on the human teeth or jaws or associated structures;
(d)the performance of any procedure on, or the giving of any treatment, advice or attendance to, any person as preparatory to, or for the purpose of or for or in connection with, the fitting, inserting, fixing, constructing, repairing or renewing of dentures or dental appliances; and
(e)the performance of any such procedure and the giving of any such treatment, advice or attendance as is usually performed or given by dentists;
“practising certificate” means a practising certificate granted under section 17 or 21E;
“President” means the President of the Singapore Dental Council;
“registered dentist” means a person who is registered as a dentist under this Act and includes a person deemed to be a registered dentist under section 64(1), and “registered as a dentist” and “registration as a dentist” have corresponding meanings;
“registered oral health therapist” means a person registered as an oral health therapist under section 21A;
“Registrar” means the Registrar of the Council;
“repealed Act” means the Dentists Act (Cap. 76, 1985 Ed.) repealed by this Act;
“Singapore degree” means a degree or diploma in dentistry from the University of Singapore or the National University of Singapore.
[5/2001; 22/2007]