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Applicant Responsibilities

RCDSO’s primary role is to protect the public interest by putting patients first. The College must be sure that each applicant meets the following criteria before they will be allowed to practise dentistry in Ontario.

It is our duty to ask questions or obtain documentation about an applicant’s past and present conduct as needed. This may affect the processing time of an application.

The requirements for issuing a certificate of registration of any class are set out by the Regulation.

  1. Applicants must have the mental competency and physical ability to practise dentistry safely.

    If the applicant has a health condition that raises concerns about their ability to practise dentistry safely, the College must consider the potential effects when reviewing the application.

    Possible examples: substance abuse; addiction disease; a blood-borne pathogen (for example, Hepatitis B); mental health illness; physical disability.

  1. Applicants will practise dentistry with decency, integrity and honesty, and in accordance with the law and the College’s standards, guidelines, by-laws and policies.

    Questionable past or present behaviour that could affect your ability to uphold the ethical and professional standards of the profession may require the Registrar or Registration Committee to look into the reasons behind such behaviour.

    Possible examples: Improper billing history; performing unnecessary treatment; a history of deceitful or misleading communication with patients, third parties or a regulatory body.

  2. Applicants have sufficient knowledge, skill and judgement to competently engage in the scope of dental practice authorized by the licence issued by the College.

    If any of the following has been questioned or proven, the Registrar and Registration Committee must be satisfied that the applicant has addressed:

    • past or present misconduct
    • past or present incompetency
    • refusal to accept responsibility for inappropriate conduct in another jurisdiction


  3. Applicants have the ability to communicate effectively.

    The Registrar or Registration Committee must review any evidence of past or current communication issues that could affect the applicant’s ability to practise effectively and safely, including:

    • language skills in English or French
    • adequately communicating with patients, third parties or governing bodies
    • correctly diagnosing patients and communicating diagnoses and proposed treatment plans to patients in a way they can understand to provide informed consent.


  4. Applicants display appropriate professional attitude and conduct.

    If there is evidence of past or current professional misconduct while practising dentistry in another jurisdiction, this must be investigated by the Registrar or Registration Committee. Such professional misconduct includes:

    • unprofessional behaviour and interaction with patients, members of the public, third parties, or regulatory bodies.
    • inappropriate behaviour
    • discrimination toward race, colour, sexual orientation, sex, religion, disability, socio-economic status, etc.
    • boundary violations and/or sexual abuse
    • The applicant’s governability, such as refusal to obey rules, regulations and/or laws


Source: Dentistry Act, 1991, 14 (1)