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How the process works

The College has a strong process for looking into allegations of professional misconduct or incompetence. The Discipline Committee hears evidence regarding cases referred by the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee or the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board. If it finds the dentist guilty of professional misconduct or incompetence, it can:

  • Revoke or suspend the dentist's right to practise in Ontario.
  • Impose terms, conditions, and limitations on the dentist's licence (certificate of registration).
  • Reprimand the dentist.
  • Require the dentist to pay a fine to the government of Ontario.

The Discipline Committee holds hearings conducted in a formal judicial setting. The College and the dentist are each represented by legal counsel. The College must give full and timely disclosure of all matters that are relevant, including materials that may be helpful to the dentist in question.

Each side presents evidence under oath and witnesses are examined and cross-examined. Hearings are open to the public unless a panel of the Discipline Committee orders otherwise. Appeals from decisions of the Discipline Committee are dealt with by the courts.

A summary of findings for cases is available after a hearing has concluded and the appeal period has elapsed.