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.

10 May 2021    Notice of new recertification programme

Notice of new recertification programmeOn 10 May 2021, the Dental Council notified all oral health practitioners th...

28 April 2021    COVID-19 vaccine and your professional responsibility

COVID-19 vaccine and your professional responsibility Vaccination is a crucial part of the New Zealand public healt...

20 April 2021    Update to COVID-19 alert level 1 guidelines

Update to COVID-19 alert level 1 guidelines The Council and the Ministry of Health have updated the patient risk as...

31 March 2021    Workforce analysis report for 2018/19

The Dental Council collects workforce data from all oral health practitioners during our annual practising renewal ...

31 March 2021    Practitioner article: Getting it right before things go...

Patient complaints and notifications of concerns about practitioners are not common. But they can be very stressful...

24 March 2021    New process for assessment of overseas qualifications, ...

For general scope applications, from 1 April 2021 a new process for assessment of your overseas qualifications, tra...

19 March 2021    Follow-up consultation on proposed changes to the worki...

The Council issued a follow-up consultation on proposed changes to the working relationship requirements for oral h...

12 March 2021    Auckland moves to COVID-19 alert level 1 with the rest ...

Auckland moves to COVID-19 alert level 1 with the rest of NZThe Prime Minister has announced that from 12pm Friday ...

10 March 2021    COVID-19 symptoms updated in guidelines

COVID-19 symptoms updated in guidelinesWith the continued global mutation of the COVID-19 virus, the Ministry of He...

5 March 2021    Auckland moves to COVID-19 alert level 2, rest of NZ to...

The Prime Minister has announced that in the absence of widespread community cases, from 6am Sunday 7 March:Aucklan...