Our mandate is to work in the public interest by putting patients first. We want the public to stay informed about the latest College activities, read advice from our team of knowledgeable staff and get up-to-speed on important updates from government and other key stakeholders that may affect your dental care.
Ontario government passed the Protecting Patients Act (PPA), in May 2017. The new legislation strengthens the protections against sexual abuse of patients. It also works to provide more transparency in the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA), the legislation that governs each of the 26 regulated health professions, including dentistry.
One of our important responsibilities is to address concerns about a dentist’s conduct or practise. We have the legal authority to investigate any complaint we receive, whether from a patient or another person. This authority covers dentists in all branches of dentistry, including general dentistry and specialty practice.
Most dental treatment is quite uneventful. However, sometimes your health condition can influence the way your dental treatment needs to be provided, and require your dentist to make certain changes to help avoid potential problems. What might seem like a small thing could be really important.