The Health Professions Act (HPA) is legislation implemented by the Government of Alberta to provide a common regulatory framework for regulated health professions in Alberta. This legislation allows health professions to self regulate their profession, while being accountable to the Government of Alberta.
The CDSA is the regulatory body of dentists in Alberta and provides the public with information and services, to ensure that Albertans receive safe, appropriate, ethical and quality dental care.
Under the Health Professions Act, regulatory responsibilities of the CDSA are:
- establishing entrance requirements for the profession, including academic preparation, and examinations
- registering of dentists in the province of Alberta
- maintaining a register of regulated dentists
- administering the Health Professions Act
- administering the Dentists Profession Regulation
- developing, administering and enforcing the bylaws, policies and procedures necessary to fulfil the requirements of governing legislation
- adopting a Code of Ethics for the profession
- establishing and setting standards of practice for the profession.
- developing, implementing and monitoring a Continuing Competence Program for the profession
- investigating, adjudicating and resolving complaints
- liaising with the Government of Alberta regarding the Health Professions Act and other relevant legislation
- liaising with other dentistry regulatory authorities
- liaising with other professional regulatory authorities