Welcome

The Dental Council is a regulatory authority created by the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003. We ensure oral health practitioners meet and maintain our standards in order to protect the health and safety of the New Zealand public.

The oral health practitioners we regulate are dentists, dental specialists, dental therapists, dental hygienists, oral health therapists, clinical dental technicians, dental technicians, and orthodontic auxiliaries.

26 January 2022    Boosters required under changes to mandatory vaccinatio...

The Government has  updated its mandatory vaccination orders to include boosters for the health and disability sect...

26 January 2022    Wakaminenga Kaunihera Hauora Health Council

The Dental Council is aware of a body describing itself as Wakaminenga Kaunihera Hauora Health Council, which purpo...

21 December 2021    Outcome from 2022/23 proposed budget and fee consultati...

After considering the feedback, revisiting the full year forecast, and considering upcoming planned and budgeted wo...

16 December 2021    Office closure

Our office will be closed from Tuesday 21 December 2021 at noon and will reopen on Monday 10 January 2022.From ever...

13 December 2021    Ministry of Health update on RAT and survey for dentist...

The Ministry of Health has requested the Dental Council to share the following information:Eligibility criteria for...

2 December 2021    Outcome from consultation on proposed supplementary ris...

The Council has received an outstanding response to the consultation on a proposed supplement to the Infection Prev...

24 November 2021    Consultation on the proposed supplementary risk managem...

Since early 2020, IPC measures for delivery of oral health services have been significantly strengthened to meet th...

11 November 2021    Ministry of Health update on vaccination

BoostersOn Monday 8 November, Medsafe approved a booster dose of the Pfizer Comirnaty vaccine for people aged 18 ye...

8 November 2021    Outcome from consultation on updating professional comp...

The Council issued a consultation on proposed updates to the professional competencies and changes to related scope...

8 November 2021    New recertification programme for oral health therapist...

The new recertification programme starts from 1 April 2022 for oral health therapists, dental hygienists, dental th...