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Duty to Report Consultation: Public

This consultation page is intended for members of the public to provide feedback.

To see the list of currently open consultations, return to the main Standards of Practice Consultation Page.

This feedback form will be open until 9 am on Monday, July 4. Feedback will be used to shape and revise the draft Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.

Privacy and Reporting

All questions below are optional. Any feedback entered in the form will remain anonymous unless you choose to provide identifying information. Responses will be reported to the College using an aggregate form. Any e-mail addresses collected for the purpose of future notifications will be separated from reporting of the consultation feedback.

Feedback may not be considered for review if it:

  • is unrelated to the Standard or Principle under consultation;
  • contains identifying information that may identify a third party;
  • is abusive, obscene, threatening, or otherwise inappropriate.

To help us gauge the breadth of diversity of those responding, the feedback form includes optional demographic questions.

Tips for Providing Feedback

  • Use an up-to-date web browser.
  • Before you begin providing feedback, review the Standard of Practice and take note of any questions, comments, or concerns you may have.
  • Be specific and provide as much detail and context to your feedback as possible. There are no word limits on the response boxes. 
  • If you begin the feedback form and are unable to complete it in the same session, your responses will not be saved.
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Duty to Report Draft Standard of Practice

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Standard Statement

The dental hygienist is responsible for being aware of, understanding, and following all mandatory reporting requirements.

Performance Expectations

The dental hygienist must…

  1. The dental hygienist must…
    1. Follow all mandatory self-reporting requirements including, but not limited to:
      a) any injury, dependency, infection, or any other physical, cognitive, mental and/or emotional condition that has immediately affected, or may affect over time, the dental hygienist’s continuing ability to practice safely and competently;
      b) any findings of professional negligence or malpractice;
      c) any findings of unprofessional conduct by a regulatory authority in another jurisdiction or by any other
    college under the Health Professions Act (HPA);
      d) any charges or convictions of a criminal offense;
      e) sexual abuse of or sexual misconduct with a client as defined in the HPA.
    2. Promptly report another regulated health professional to the relevant college when they have reasonable
    grounds to believe that the conduct of the regulated health professional places clients at risk or may be considered unprofessional conduct under the HPA.
    3. Report another regulated health professional to the relevant college as soon as the dental hygienist has reasonable grounds to believe the regulated health professional is engaging in behaviour that constitutes sexual abuse or sexual misconduct of a client, as required by the HPA.
    4. Report situations to the proper authorities in compliance with applicable legislation. (e.g., abuse of vulnerable
    persons in care, children in need of intervention, specified communicable diseases, adverse drug reactions).
    5. In the event of a critical incident to the client or personnel, submit a written incident report to the College.

Client Expectation

The client can expect that the dental hygienist will act in the interest of client safety and report specific situations or incidents to the appropriate authority as required.


Critical Incident

A harmful event for a client or personnel, where transfer to hospital with or without admission is necessary.

Duty to Report Feedback Form

Demographic Questions

Standard of Practice Feedback

Client Expectation: The client can expect that they will be treated respectfully and that their input will be sought, valued, acknowledged, and integrated into all aspects of dental hygiene care.