TAG | Prince Edward Island
For the last 10 years, CDHA has been working collaboratively with the Newfoundland and Labrador Dental Hygienists Association (NLDHA) and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to achieve self-regulation. That day has finally arrived! Thank you to the members of the NLDHA whose determination and hard work has made this possible. As a result of this new act the College of Dental Hygienists of Newfoundland and Labrador will be created to regulate dental hygienists. This act uses a different model than other provinces, since it creates a council of interdisciplinary professions. This model suits NL, since there are small numbers of dental hygienists, and it makes sense to work collaboratively with other health professionals to establish a process of self-regulation.
NL is the second last province to achieve self-regulation. We anticipate that Prince Edward Island will be the next province to achieve self-regulation. CDHA is working collaboratively with PEI’s Visionary Committee to explore self-regulation. CDHA asserts that dental regulation of dental hygienists is a conflict of interest, as dentists employ dental hygienists and this creates a conflict between financial and public safety interests. Other provinces that achieved self-regulation some time ago are now developing new regulations in regards to scope of practice and supervision by a dentist.