Standards of Practice Consultation

The consultation on Female Genital Mutilation Standards of Practice closed January 29th.  Thank you for your feedback. 

Click to read the full Introduction to the Standards of Practice document.

The College of Registered Dental Hygienists of Alberta (the College) is the regulatory body for the dental hygienist profession in Alberta. The College’s authority is granted by the Government of Alberta through the Health Professions Act (HPA).

The College’s mandate is to protect the public from unsafe and unethical practice and hold dental hygienists accountable for the care they provide. The College does this by developing, maintaining, and enforcing professional regulations, standards of practice, and codes of ethics.

Standards of Practice set the minimum levels of professional behaviour and conduct of regulated health professionals. It is the responsibility of the dental hygienist to understand the College’s Standards of Practice and adhere to them in their practice of dental hygiene. Performance below the minimum standard is considered unprofessional conduct as per the HPA.

  • The Standards of Practice serve several purposes, including:
    Defining for dental hygienists the minimum performance expectations that they must meet in their practice.
  • Providing the public, employers, and other health professionals with benchmarks against which the professional practice of a dental hygienist can be measured.
  • Fulfilling the requirements for the profession as set out by the Government of Alberta in the HPA.
  • Equipping the College with a legal framework for investigating complaints and pursuing disciplinary actions.

The Standards of Practice:

  • exist to support the College’s mandate to ensure Alberta dental hygienists have the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and judgment to provide safe, effective, ethical, and beneficial oral healthcare services to the Alberta public.
  • are applicable to all dental hygienists in Alberta regardless of practice setting.
  • are comprised of standalone Standards that are to be considered part of a comprehensive unit of Standards that dental hygienists use in conjunction to inform their practice.
  • align with and are mutually supportive of other regulatory documents that guide the profession, including the HPA, Dental Hygienists Profession Regulation, and the College’s Code of Ethics, Bylaws, and various guidelines.
  • set the minimum levels of professional behaviour and conduct for dental hygienists, and where inconsistencies exist between Standards of Practice and employment policies, dental hygienists are expected to meet or exceed the Standard of Practice. (e.g., If a Standard of Practice exceeds the expectation of an employer policy, the dental hygienist is expected to meet the Standard of Practice.)
  • will evolve over time, and substantive changes will be adopted only after consultation with the profession and others as prescribed under the HPA.

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In Alberta, the College is responsible for implementing government regulation that guides the Standards of Practice for Dental Hygienists. The Health Professions Act (HPA) requires the College to conduct consultations any time changes are made to the profession’s Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. 

After reviewing feedback from registrants and others, the College reviews the drafts for clarity, scope, and completeness. Then, the drafts are shared with the Government of Alberta for review and comment. When the required components of the consultation are complete, the final versions are approved by the College’s Council, which is made up of members of the public and registrants.

Once approved by Council, the new Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics go into effect and registrants are required to adhere to them.

Consultation Year 2023 Status
Female Genital Mutilation (FMG) January 16 - 29 Completed


Consultation Year 2022 Status
Advertising and Representation of Services August 2 - 16 Completed
Client-Centred Care June 20 - July 3 Completed
Clinical Therapy July 4 - July 18 Completed
Code of Ethics July 18 - August 2 Completed
Collaboration June 20 - July 3 Completed
Communication June 20 - July 3 Completed
Conflicts of Interest July 4 - July 18 Completed
Continuing Competence July 18 - August 2 Completed
Continuity of Care August 2 - 16 Completed
Drugs: General August 16 - 30 Completed
Drugs: Prescribing Schedule 1 Drugs August 16 - 30 Completed
Documentation July 18 - August 2 Completed
Duty to Report June 20 - July 3 Completed
Evidence Informed Practice June 20 - July 3 Completed
Informed Consent  June 20 - July 3 Completed
Ionizing Radiation August 16 - 30 Completed
Privacy and Confidentiality July 18 - August 2 Completed
Professional Accountability June 20 - July 3 Completed
Protecting Patients From Sexual Abuse and Misconduct August 16 - 30 Completed
Quality Improvement July 4 - July 18 Completed
Record Management July 18 - August 2 Completed
Restricted Activities July 4 - July 18 Completed
Safety and Risk Management August 2 - 16 Completed
Supervision of Restricted Activities July 4 - July 18 Completed


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