MISSION, MANDATE & OBJECTIVES
Ontario Denturists operate within the framework of the Regulated Health Professions Act. This law sets out the professional obligations of all regulated health professionals and also requires that they be members of a governing College whose role is to protect the public interest.
The College of Denturists of Ontario takes this task seriously by:
- Setting the qualifications for entering practice, and developing programs to ensure continuing competence and knowledge of the latest procedures.
- Overseeing the professional and ethical behavior of all Denturists. The College conducts investigations when complaints are received. Complaints can be from patients, other Denturists or from members of the public.
- Holding disciplinary hearings (which are generally open to the public) when information justifies them, and imposing penalties when a Denturist is found guilty of professional misconduct which means that the standards of the profession have been breached.
The structure of the College of Denturists reflects its varied roles, particularly its responsibility to protect the public interest respecting denture services.
The College's governing council consists of Denturists elected by their peers and public members. The purpose of this web site is to help you understand just how the profession of Denturism is governed in Ontario, how standards are set and maintained, how the public interest is protected, and how you as a member of the public are involved in the process. It is designed to give you some insight into the governing body responsible for regulating the practice of Denturism in this province, the College of Denturists of Ontario, to which all practising Denturists in this province belong.
Since 1994, the College has done much to enhance the practice of Denturism in Ontario. Because of the many advances that characterize dental health care, we work diligently to provide guidance on new procedures and treatment, and provide encouragement and direction to practitioners to maintain their skills and knowledge.
The mission of the College of Denturists of Ontario is to regulate and govern the profession of Denturism in the public interest.
MANDATE AND OBJECTIVES
Under the Regulated Health Professions Act, the duty of each College is to serve and protect the public interest by following the objects of the legislation. The objects of the College of Denturists are:1. To regulate the practice of the profession and to govern the members in accordance with the health profession Act, this Code and the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991and the regulations and by-laws.
2. To develop, establish and maintain standards of qualification for persons to be issued certificates of registration.
3. To develop, establish and maintain programs and standards of practice to assure the quality of the practice of the profession.
4. To develop, establish and maintain standards of knowledge and skill and programs to promote continuing evaluation, competence and improvement among the members.
4.1 To develop, in collaboration and consultation with other Colleges, standards of knowledge, skill and judgment relating to the performance of controlled acts common among health professions to enhance interprofessional collaboration, while respecting the unique character of individual health professions and their members.
5. To develop, establish and maintain standards of professional ethics for the members.
6. To develop, establish and maintain programs to assist individuals to exercise their rights under this Code and the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991.
7. To administer the health profession Act, this Code and the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 as it relates to the profession and to perform the other duties and exercise the other powers that are imposed or conferred on the College.
8. To promote and enhance relations between the College and its members, other health profession colleges, key stakeholders, and the public.
9. To promote inter-professional collaboration with other health profession colleges.
10. To develop, establish, and maintain standards and programs to promote the ability of members to respond to changes in practice environments, advances in technology and other emerging issues.
11. Any other objects relating to human health care that the Council considers desirable. 1991, c. 18, Sched. 2, s. 3 (1); 2007, c. 10, Sched. M, s. 18; 2009, c. 26, s. 24 (11).