Protecting the Public

The College of Registered Dental Hygienists of Alberta (CRDHA or the College) exists so that Albertans will receive safe, high quality dental hygiene care from a continually advancing dental hygiene profession.

There are over 30 laws and a 100 schedules of regulations, rules, standards, codes and bylaws governing healthcare in Alberta that have been established to protect Albertans.

Self-regulation of the dental hygienists profession was granted by the Government of Alberta, with responsibility for this regulation delegated to the College of Registered Dental Hygienists of Alberta in 2006 under the Health Professions Act (HPA) and in conjunction with the Dental Hygienists Profession Regulation, which addresses profession-specific requirements. 

The HPA is umbrella legislation governing all regulated health professions in Alberta. It establishes standard processes for registration, continuing competency, and complaints and discipline. It also provides for the establishment of professional standards of practice and codes of ethics.

Through its processes, the HPA ensures that health professionals maintain high standards of competency, safety and ethics, and provide Albertans with safe, high quality care.