REGISTRATION OF DENTISTS
—(1) The Registrar shall keep a dentists register which shall contain —
in the first division of the register —
the names and addresses of all persons who are registered as dentists under section 15(4);
the dates of their registration;
the qualifications by virtue of which they are registered;
such other particulars of those persons as the Council may determine; and
all the particulars which are transferred to that division under section 65(4); and
in the second division of the register, all the particulars which are transferred to or entered in that division under section 65(4).
(2) The Registrar shall be responsible for the maintenance and custody of the register.
(3) A registered dentist shall inform the Registrar in writing of —
any change in his name, practice address, residential address or such of his other particulars as may be prescribed, within 28 days of the change; or
any alteration or addition to his qualifications.
(4) Any person who fails to comply with subsection (3) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $1,000.
(5) A person who makes a report of a change in his residential address under section 8 of the National Registration Act (Cap. 201) shall be deemed to have complied with subsection (3) on the date on which he makes the report.
—(1) Subject to the provisions of this Act, the following persons shall be entitled to be registered as dentists:
any person who holds a degree of Bachelor of Dental Surgery granted by the University of Singapore or the National University of Singapore;
any person who holds a degree in dentistry granted by any university included in the Schedule;
any person who holds a degree in dentistry granted by any university, corporation, college or other body outside Singapore which is not included in the Schedule but whom the Minister, after consulting the Council, determines to be entitled to be registered as a dentist;
any person who is resident in Singapore temporarily for the exclusive purpose of teaching, research or postgraduate study in an institution accepted for that purpose by the Council and who possesses qualifications in dentistry which in the opinion of the Council are adequate.
(2) The registration of any person referred to in subsection (1)(b), (c) or (d) may be subject to such conditions as the Council may determine.
(3) Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (2), the conditions referred to in that subsection may, in the case of a person referred to in subsection (1)(b) or (c), include a condition that the person shall work for a specified period in a company, firm or other organisation approved by the Council, and under the supervision of a registered dentist approved by the Council.
(4) Before advising the Minister under subsection (1)(c), the Council may require the person concerned to undergo and pass an examination conducted or arranged by the Council to satisfy itself that the person holds a degree in dentistry that is not lower in standard than that required of a person who holds —
a degree of Bachelor of Dental Surgery of the National University of Singapore; or
a degree in dentistry granted by any university included in the Schedule.
(5) The Minister may, after consulting the Council, by notification in the Gazette, vary or amend the Schedule.
—(1) Every application for registration shall be made in such form, and shall be accompanied by such documents, photographs, particulars and fees, as may be prescribed by the Council.
(2) Before registering an applicant, the Council may require the applicant to submit himself to a medical examination by a medical practitioner approved by the Council to determine if the applicant is fit to practise dentistry.
(3) The medical examination shall be at the applicant’s own expense.
(4) Where a person has complied with subsection (1) and any requirement of the Council referred to in subsection (2), the Board shall, subject to subsection (5), register him as a dentist.
(5) The Council may refuse to register any applicant who, in the opinion of the Council —
is not a person entitled to be registered as a dentist in accordance with section 14;
is not of good reputation and character;
has had his registration as a dentist in any other country withdrawn, suspended or cancelled; or
is unfit to practise dentistry by reason of his physical or mental condition.
(6) Where the Council refuses to register an applicant, the Council shall by notice in writing inform the applicant of such refusal.
(7) Any person who is aggrieved by any refusal of the Council under subsection (5) may, within one month of the notice given under subsection (6), appeal to the Minister whose decision shall be final.
(8) For the purposes of subsection (1), the Council may prescribe different fees for different classes of applicants.
16. Where a person has been registered as a dentist, the Council shall issue to him a certificate of registration, and the Council may require that there be affixed to the certificate a photograph of that person or such other evidence of identity as the Council may direct.
—(1) Any registered dentist who desires to obtain a practising certificate shall apply to the Council in such form and manner as the Council may prescribe.
(2) The application shall be accompanied by the prescribed fee.
(3) A practising certificate shall be granted for a period not exceeding 2 years from the date of issue of the practising certificate.
(4) Any application for renewal of a practising certificate shall be made not later than one month before the expiration of the practising certificate and shall be made in such form as the Council may require.
(5) Any registered dentist who applies for a practising certificate later than one month before the expiration of the practising certificate shall be liable to pay to the Council such late application fee as may be prescribed by the Council.
(6) Whenever it appears to the satisfaction of the Council that a registered dentist is practising dentistry in such premises or under such conditions as are considered by the Council to be unsuitable for such practice, the Council may cancel the practising certificate.
(7) If any person whose practising certificate has been cancelled under subsection (6) applies to the Council in such form and pays such fee as may be prescribed, the Council may, after due consideration of the circumstances of the case, direct that a practising certificate be issued to him.
(8) Where a registered dentist has had his name removed from the register or his registration suspended under any provision of this Act, any practising certificate issued to him shall be deemed to be cancelled and the registered dentist shall forthwith surrender the certificate to the Council.
(9) Any person who fails to comply with subsection (8) shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $1,000.
(10) For the purposes of subsection (5), the Council may prescribe different late application fees for applications made before, and applications made after, the expiration of the practising certificates.
—(1) The Registrar shall, from time to time, prepare and publish in the Gazette a list of the names, addresses, qualifications and dates of qualifications of all registered dentists who have in force practising certificates, to be arranged in accordance to the divisions of the register in which their names appear.
(2) The Council may, if it thinks fit, direct the Registrar to prepare and publish for sale, at such intervals as the Council may direct, publications of the names, addresses, qualifications and dates of qualifications of all registered dentists who have in force practising certificates.
19. A certificate purporting to be under the hand of the Registrar to the effect that at any time or during any period specified in the certificate any person was or was not a registered dentist, or had or did not have in force a practising certificate, or as to any entry in the register, or the removal from the register of any entry, shall, in the absence of proof to the contrary, and without further proof of the signature appended to the certificate, be sufficient evidence of the matters specified therein.
—(1) The Registrar shall —
insert in the register any alteration which may come to his knowledge in the name or address of any registered dentist;
correct any error in any entry in the register;
remove from the register the name of any person —
whose name is ordered to be removed under any provision of this Act; or
who is deceased; and
insert in the register any alteration in the qualifications or additional qualifications of a registered dentist.
(2) The Registrar may remove the name of any person who has not renewed his practising certificate for a continuous period of not less than 5 years and who has no address in Singapore at which he can be found.
—(1) Notwithstanding the provisions of Part V, the Council may order the removal from the register of the name of a registered dentist if it comes to the knowledge of the Council that the registered dentist —
has contravened or failed to comply with any condition or restriction to which his registration as a dentist is subject;
being a person to whom section 32 applies, has contravened or failed to comply with any regulation made under that section;
has obtained his registration by a fraudulent or incorrect statement;
has had his registration as a dentist in any other country withdrawn, suspended or cancelled for any disciplinary reason; or
has failed to serve the Government, or such other body or organisation as may be directed by the Government, for such period as may be specified in any undertaking given by him to the Government.
(2) The Council shall, before exercising its powers under subsection (1), notify the registered dentist concerned of its intention to take such action and shall give the registered dentist an opportunity to submit reasons, within such period as the Council may determine, why his name should not be removed.
(3) Any person aggrieved by an order under subsection (1) may, within 30 days of being notified of the order, appeal to the Minister whose decision shall be final.