Dental Board Of Australia To Retire Guidelines On Dental Records

The Dental Board of Australia’s (the Board) Guidelines on dental records are being retired on 1 October 2020.

This follows a Board review of the guidelines in 2019 and a public consultation. The Board regularly reviews all of its registration standards, codes, guidelines and policies to ensure continued relevance in a dynamic regulatory environment.

A public consultation paper on the proposed retirement of the guidelines was released in November 2019. The public consultation concluded in January 2020 and submissions were published on the Board’s website, together with an overview of the public consultation process.

The Board is retiring the guidelines as the Code of conduct contains adequate guidance to practitioners about health-record management. The Code of conduct is a crucial part of the Board’s regulatory framework for setting minimum standards and regulatory guidance for the profession to protect the public and support the objectives of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme.

As one of the Board’s regulatory tools, the Code of conduct will therefore be positioned as the main point of guidance for dental practitioners.

The Board has developed a fact sheet and a self-reflective tool to help practitioners comply with their obligations about health records under the Code of conduct. The development of these resources furthers the Board’s approach to supporting professional learning and practice, and aligns with the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme Strategy for 2020-2025.

A news item was published on the Board’s website today.

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