You will now all be aware that, following its second round of consultation on this topic, the Council has decided to introduce an oral health therapy scope of practice.
In October, we provided you with some details on the implementation process—this information is also on our website here. The scope will come into effect on 1 November 2017 and you will all be provided with more detail on the transition closer to the time.
The implementation process is now well underway and we are in the final stages of drafting our application to the Ministry of Health to recognise oral health therapy a profession under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003.
We are also drafting an application for reclassification of local anaesthetic medicines with the Medicines Classification Committee to extend the existing supply provision under the Medicine Regulations to oral health therapists. We expect to submit this application by the end of January.