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Dentists Act 1984


This is the original version (as it was originally enacted).

  1. Introductory Text

  2. Part I The General Dental Council

    1. 1.Constitution and general duties of the Council

    2. 2.Committees of the Council

  3. Part II Dental Education

    1. Degrees and licences in dentistry

      1. 3.Power of medical authorities to hold examinations and grant licences in dentistry

      2. 4.Conduct of examinations for degrees and licences

      3. 5.Holding of examinations and grant of licences by Royal College of Surgeons of England

      4. 6.Requirements in relation to admission of candidates to examinations and grant of degrees and licences

      5. 7.Effect of grant of degree or licence in dentistry

    2. Supervision of dental education

      1. 8.Information to be furnished by dental authorities

      2. 9.Supervision of instruction given by dental schools and postgraduate institutions

      3. 10.Supervision of examinations

      4. 11.Remedy where qualifying courses of study or examinations are inadequate

      5. 12.Candidates not to be required to adopt or reject particular theories of dentistry

    3. Functions of Education Committee

      1. 13.Functions of Education Committee

  4. Part III The Dental Profession

    1. Registration

      1. 14.The dentists register and the registrar

      2. 15.Qualification for registration in the dentists register

      3. 16.Supplementary provisions as to registration of holders of overseas diplomas

      4. 17.Temporary registration

    2. Procedure for registration

      1. 18.Procedure for registration

      2. 19.Regulations with respect to the register

      3. 20.Selection of proper abbreviations of overseas diplomas

      4. 21.Notification of reasons for refusal of application for registration etc.

    3. Publication of the register

      1. 22.Publication of the register

    4. Erasures and alterations in the register

      1. 23.Erasure of names of deceased persons and of those who have ceased to practise

      2. 24.Erasure on grounds of fraud or error

      3. 25.Alterations of names and addresses

    5. Use of titles and descriptions

      1. 26.Use of titles and descriptions

    6. Professional conduct and fitness to practise

      1. 27.Erasure or suspension of registration for crime or misconduct

      2. 28.Powers of Health Committee

      3. 29.Appeals

      4. 30.Time when determinations and directions normally take effect and orders for immediate suspension

      5. 31.Special provisions where directions replace, or extend periods under, previous directions

      6. 32.Orders for interim suspension

      7. 33.Supplementary provisions relating to professional conduct and health cases

      8. 34.Restoration of name erased under s. 27

    7. Effect of disqualification in another member State

      1. 35.Effect on registration of disqualification in another member State

    8. Visiting EEC practitioners

      1. 36.Visiting EEC practitioners

  5. Part IV Restrictions on Practice of Dentistry and on Carrying on Business of Dentistry

    1. The practice of dentistry

      1. 37.Definition of practice of dentistry

      2. 38.Prohibition on practice of dentistry by laymen

      3. 39.Prohibition on use of practitioners' titles by laymen

    2. Restrictions on carrying on the business of dentistry

      1. 40.Definition of business of dentistry

      2. 41.Restriction on individuals

      3. 42.Restriction on bodies corporate

      4. 43.Bodies corporate entitled to carry on business of dentistry

      5. 44.Withdrawal of privilege from body corporate

  6. Part V Dental Auxiliaries

    1. 45.Establishment by Council of classes of dental auxiliaries

    2. 46.Restrictions on employment of dental auxiliaries

    3. 47.Use of titles and descriptions

    4. 48.Functions of Dental Auxiliaries Committee

  7. Part VI Miscellaneous and Supplementary

    1. Termination of the 1927 Agreement

      1. 49.Termination of the 1927 Agreement with the Republic of Ireland

    2. Supplementary

      1. 50.Evidence etc. in certain proceedings under this Act

      2. 51.Exercise of powers conferred on Privy Council

      3. 52.Regulations and other documents

      4. 53.Interpretation

      5. 54.Consequential amendments, repeals and revocations

      6. 55.Commencement, transitional provisions and savings

      7. 56.Short title and extent

  8. Schedules

    1. Schedule 1

      The Council and Committees of the Council : Supplementary Provisions

      1. Part I The Council

        1. Constitution

          1. 1.(1) The Council shall consist of the President and twenty-nine...

        2. Election and nomination of members

          1. 2.(1) The period for which those elected as members of...

          2. 3.(1) The period for which those nominated as members of...

          3. 4.(1) The Council shall elect a registered dentist as President...

        3. General powers of Council

          1. 6.(1) Subject to the following provisions of this Part of...

          2. 7.(1) The Council may, after paying their expenses, including the...

          3. 8.(1) The Council may make rules— (a) for regulating the...

      2. Part II Committees of the Council

        1. The Education Committee

          1. 9.(1) The Education committee shall consist of—

        2. The Preliminary Proceedings Committee

          1. 10.The Preliminary Proceedings Committee shall consist of the President and...

        3. The Professional Conduct Committee

          1. 11.(1) The Professional Conduct Committee shall consist of the President...

        4. The Dental Auxiliaries Committee

          1. 12.(1) The Dental Auxiliaries Committee shall consist of—

    2. Schedule 2

      European Dental Qualifications

      1. Part I Appropriate European Diplomas

        1. 1.(1) In this Part of this Schedule— "competent authority" means...

        2. 2.Subject to paragraphs 3 and 4 below, the following diplomas...

        3. 3.A scheduled European diploma granted in a member State before...

        4. 4.A diploma granted in a Member State before the implementation...

      2. Part II Scheduled European Diplomas

        1. Belgium

        2. Denmark

        3. France

          1. 1." Diplôme d'État de chirurgien-dentiste" (State diploma of dental surgeon),...

          2. 2."Diplôme d'État de docteur en chirurgie dentaire" (State diploma of...

        4. Germany

          1. 1."Zeugnisüber die zahnärztliche Staatsprüfung" (the State examination certificate in dentistry),...

          2. 2.The certificates from the competent authorities of the Federal Republic...

        5. Greece

        6. Republic of Ireland

        7. Italy

        8. Luxembourg

        9. The Netherlands

    3. Schedule 3

      Professional Conduct and Health Cases

      1. Preliminary

        1. 1.(1) This Schedule applies to proceedings before the Professional Conduct...

      2. Rules of procedure

        1. 2.(1) Subject to the provisions of this paragraph, the Council...

      3. Preliminary proceedings in health cases

        1. 3.(1) Rules under paragraph 2(1)(b) above shall make provision for...

      4. Evidence etc.

        1. 4.(1) For the purposes of any proceedings before the Professional...

      5. Legal assessors

        1. 5.(1) For the purpose of advising the Professional Conduct Committee...

      6. Medical examiners and assessors

        1. 6.Rules under paragraph 2(1)(b) above shall make provision for the...

      7. Service of notifications by registrar

        1. 7.(1) Any notification required by the principal sections to be...

      8. Recording of suspension or imposition of conditions

        1. 8.(1) Where a determination, direction or order for suspension or...

      9. Co-operation with Dental Board of Republic of Ireland

        1. 9.(1) with a view to preventing the holding of simultaneous...

    4. Schedule 4

      Visiting EEC Practitioners

      1. Preliminary

        1. 1.(1) This Schedule has effect for the purpose of enabling...

      2. Declarations and certificates to be provided by visiting EEC practitioners

        1. 2.(1) A person to whom this Schedule applies who intends...

      3. List of EEC practitioners

        1. 3.(1) The registrar shall continue to keep a list known...

      4. Persons not entitled to be included in the list of visiting EEC practitioners

        1. 4.A person to whom this Schedule applies shall not be...

      5. Disciplinary provisions affecting practitioners who render services while visiting the United Kingdom

        1. 5.(1) If a person who is or has been entered...

    5. Schedule 5

      Consequential Amendments

      1. Medical And Dentists Acts Amendment Act 1927 (c. 39)

        1. 1.In Article 4 of Part II of the Schedule, the...

      2. 2.In section 132(1), in the definition of " dentist", for...

      3. 3.In section 37(1), in the definition of " dentist", for...

      4. 4.In section 11(2), in the definition of "dentist", for the...

      5. 5.In Article 2(2), in the definition of " dental practitioner...

      6. 6.In paragraph 3 of Schedule 4, for " 1957 "...

      7. 7.In paragraph 3 of Schedule 1, for " 1957 "...

      8. 8.In section 35(3) (added by section 15 of the Health...

      9. 9.In section 128(1), in the definition of " dental practitioner...

      10. 10.In paragraph 10(2A) of Schedule 5 (inserted by the said...

      11. 11.In paragraph 13(1)(b) of Schedule 14, for "80" substitute 81...

      12. 12.In section 25(4) (added by section 16 of the Health...

      13. 13.In section 108(1), in the definition of " dental practitioner...

      14. 14.In paragraph 6A of Schedule 1 (inserted by the said...

      15. 15.In paragraph 4 of Schedule 6, for " Articles 2(d)...

      16. 16.In Schedule 6, in item 1 of Group 7, for...

    6. Schedule 6

      Repeals and Revocations

    7. Schedule 7

      Transitional Provisions and Savings

      1. General

        1. 1.Where a period of time specified in an enactment repealed...

      2. Elections and nominations

        1. 2.Any election or nomination held or made before the commencement...

      3. Registration

        1. 3.(1) Nothing in the repeals made by this Act shall...

      4. Adaptation of references in enactments etc.

        1. 4.(1) In any enactment or instrument passed or made before...

      5. Proceedings pending before Disciplinary Committee

        1. 5.For the purpose of the hearing and determination of any...

        2. 6.For the purposes of— (a) any case referred to the...

      6. Rules of procedure

        1. 7.Any rules made by the Council before the commencement of...

      7. Restrictions on carrying on the business of dentistry

        1. 8.Except in the case of a body corporate which—

        2. 9.(1) Any reference in section 41(2) or 44 of this...

      8. Documents issued by Dented Board

        1. 10.The reference in section 52(2) of this Act to any...


        1. 1.The following abbreviations are used in this Table:— 1957 =...

        2. 2.The Table does not acknowledge against each of the enactments...

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