The annual practising certificates for dental hygienists, dental therapists, dental technicians, clinical dental technicians and orthodontic auxiliaries expired on 31 March 2015.
As at 31 March 2015, the secretariat received 1981 of the 2170 annual practicing certificate (APC) renewal forms issued to practitioners, which equates to 91%. This is a marginal improvement in the timely receipt of APC forms for this oral health practitioner group - compared to a response rate of 90% for the same time last year.
Practitioners’ non-compliance with the legal obligation to renew their APC by the expiry date, if they wish to continue practising their profession, is a concern. The secretariat has been monitoring the responsiveness of each profession to their obligation to submit an APC form and payment by 31 March, and has followed up those practitioners who did not return a timely renewal application.
Practitioners who have not renewed their expired APCs must not practise.
It is unlawful to practise if you are not the holder of a current APC.