Standards Framework for Oral Health Practitioners
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There are three components to the Standards Framework for oral health practitioners:
- Ethical principles - the ethical principles of oral health practice
- Professional standards - what practitioners must do to ensure they adhere to the ethical principles of oral health practice
- Practice standards - detailed standards related to specific practice areas
Collectively, the ethical principles, professional standards and practice standards form the Standards Framework, and define the standard of ethical conduct, clinical and cultural competence that all registered oral health practitioners legally must meet.
We protect public health and safety by requiring all oral health practitioners to meet our standards before they can practise dentistry, dental hygiene, dental therapy and dental technology in New Zealand.
Patients have rights as consumers of health and disability services provided by oral health practitioners. The code of rights is law under the Health and Disability Act 1994 (the HDC Act).
If you wish to talk about your complaint you can contact a local HDC advocate 0800 555 050 or a complaints assessor 0800 112 233
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