Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Standard Consultation

On May 31, 2022, Health Professions (Protecting Women and Girls) Amendment Act, 2022 (formerly Bill 10) was passed by the Government of Alberta, received royal assent, and came into affect. The amendment requires all regulatory colleges to adopt a standard of practice that addresses female genital mutilation which reflects its responsibilities around the subject. As such, the College has made amendments to our Duty to Report and Professional Accountability standards to comply with the government’s regulation.

The amendments are as follows:

Duty to Report Standard of Practice

Under Performance Expectations: (point 3)

The dental hygienist must…

  1. 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, sexual misconduct, or the procurement or performance of female genital mutilation of a client, as required by the HPA.

 

Professional Accountability Standard of Practice

Under Performance Expectations: (point 11)

The dental hygienist must…

  1. Not engage in behaviour that constitutes sexual abuse, sexual misconduct, or the procurement or performance of female genital mutilation of a client, as defined by the HPA.

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Glossary Definition of term:

Female genital mutilation: As defined in the Health Professions Act means “the excision, infibulation or mutilation, in whole or in part, of the labia majora, labia minora, clitoral hood or clitoris of a person, except where valid consent is given, and 

(i) a surgical or other procedure is performed by a regulated member under [the HPA] for the benefit of the physical health of the person or for the purpose of that person having normal reproductive functions or normal sexual appearance or function, or 

(ii) the person is at least 18 years of age and there is no resulting bodily harm.” 

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