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.

14 January 2021    Person ID number changes for some practitioners

In December 2018, the Dental Council updated its IT system and changed the primary oral health practitioner identif...

22 December 2020    Change to mouthwash requirements in COVID-19 guidelines

Our clinical advisory group continues to monitor COVID-19 developments locally and internationally. To date, there ...

22 December 2020    Waiver for prescribing extended to 22 March 2021

In April this year the Ministry of Health introduced new rules to make it easier for you to provide electronic pres...

15 December 2020    New graduate registration applications

We are now receiving applications for registration and annual practising certificates (APCs) for new graduates of o...

15 December 2020    Treatment of tongue-tie in breastfeeding babies

The Ministry of Health has published National Guidance for the Assessment, Diagnosis and Surgical Treatment of Tong...

15 December 2020    Orthodontic working group report update

The Orthodontic working group was established in in response to concerns from patients, general dentists and orthod...

15 December 2020    Accreditation update

The University of Otago resubmitted its Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (oral and maxillofacial surgery) programme for...

15 December 2020    Dental Council consultations open for feedback

There are two Dental Council consultations currently open for feedback from practitioners and stakeholders.Submissi...

15 December 2020    NZDA Checkup

“Checkup” is a new audit and compliance online tool developed the NZ Dental Association. It is an all-in-one compli...

15 December 2020    Office closing

Our office will close on Wednesday 23 December at noon and reopen on Monday 11 January 2021.2020 has certainly been...