Quality Assurance Program

All dentists with a general or specialty certificate of registration must participate in the College’s QA program and pursue continuing education activities as part of their commitment to the profession and lifelong learning. 

Source: Dentistry Act, 1991, Quality Assurance Regulation 27/10

Use the tabs below to learn more about the College's Quality Assurance Program. 

All dentists with a general or specialty certificate of registration must participate in the College’s Quality Assurance Program and obtain at least 90 CE points in a three-year CE cycle. They must keep a record of their progress in their e-Portfolio. 

Dentists can earn CE points in three CE categories.
  • Category 1: Core Courses
  • Category 2: Approved Sponsor Courses
  • Category 3 – Other
Learn more about the College's continuing education requirements.

The Practice Enhancement Tool is an online assessment program where dentists can evaluate and assess their practice, knowledge, skill and judgment based on peer-derived standards.

Learn more about the Practice Enhancement Tool

Each year, dentists must self-declare whether they are in compliance with the Quality Assurance Program requirements of the College. This is done through the online renewal questionnaire in the RCDSO Portal. 

For dentists in the middle of a CE cycle, compliance means that you are aware of your ongoing CE responsibilities, and are pursuing CE activities in the three categories to ensure you have fulfilled all of your CE point requirements by the end of your cycle.

For dentists who were selected to take the Practice Enhancement Tool during the year, compliance means that you have completed, or are in the process of completing, your requirements for this component of the QA Program.

The College's Jurisprudence and Ethics course is meant to inform new dentists and remind current members of the College about:

  • how the dental profession is regulated in this province;
  • the importance and purpose of regulation;
  • current practice norms and standards and the rules of practice;
  • the ethical and legislative environment in which health professionals work;
  • risk management strategies that allow dentists to practise safely throughout their dental career.

The Jurisprudence & Ethics course is divided into four sections comprised of 13 modules. It  is designed to provide dentists with information about the legal and ethical responsibilities for practising dentistry in Ontario. The four sections are:  

  • About the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario, and An Introduction to Jurisprudence & Ethics (three modules)
  • Patient Care (three modules)
  • Legal Responsibility (four modules)
  • Practice Management (three modules).

Each section has its own learning objectives and is followed by some activities for course participants to confirm their understanding of the module’s content. The activities are not scored. You must complete all modules to access the course assessment. 

After successful completion of the final assessment, members will be able to download their certificate of completion. Be sure to keep a copy for CE purposes. 

Participation in the College's Jurisprudence and Ethics course is worth 15 CE credits for RCDSO members. New applicants for a general, specialty or academic certificate of registration must also successfully complete an assessment in Jurisprudence and Ethics.

I'd like to take the course. What next?

RCDSO members: Log into the RCDSO Portal. Proceed to pay for the J&E course. Once your payment has been processed, the course will be available from the MRC navigation menu. Click that link and proceed to the course. Use a modern browser for the best experience.