—(1) All fees, penalties and other moneys payable under this Act or any regulations made thereunder shall be paid to the Council and any fee, penalty or other moneys not paid shall be recoverable by the Council as a debt due to the Council.
(2) All moneys received by the Council or the Registrar shall be paid into the funds of the Council.
(3) The costs and expenses of and incidental to the performance of the functions of the Council, the Complaints Committees, the Disciplinary Committees, the Health Committee and any committee appointed by the Council under this Act shall be paid by the Council out of its funds.
(4) The Minister may pay into the funds of the Council such sum of money out of moneys to be provided by Parliament as the Minister may determine.
(5) The Council shall keep full and proper accounts of all moneys received and expended by it and the accounts shall be audited by an auditor or auditors approved by the Minister.
55. There shall be paid to —
the members of the Council; and
the members of any committee appointed by the Council or by the President,
who are not public officers or full-time members of the academic staff of the National University of Singapore such fees as may, from time to time, be approved by the Minister.
—(1) The Council may appoint one or more public officers or officers of the Board as inspectors to investigate the commission of an offence under this Act or any regulations made thereunder.
(2) In any case relating to the commission of an offence under this Act or any regulations made thereunder, an inspector shall have the power to do all or any of the following:
to require any person who the inspector has reason to believe has any article, document or information relevant to the carrying out of the provisions of this Act or the regulations made thereunder, to produce any such article or document, or give such information, and to retain such article or document, or make copies of such document;
to examine orally any person supposed to be acquainted with the facts and circumstances relevant to the carrying out of the provisions of this Act or the regulations made thereunder, and to reduce into writing the answer given or statement made by that person who shall be bound to state truly the facts and circumstances with which he is acquainted, and the statement made by that person shall be read over to him and shall, after correction, be signed by him;
to require by order in writing the attendance before him of any person who, from information given or otherwise, appears to be acquainted with facts and circumstances relevant to the carrying out of the provisions of this Act or the regulations made thereunder.
(3) An inspector may apply to a Magistrate for a search warrant if the inspector has reasonable cause to believe that evidence of the commission of an offence under this Act or any regulations made thereunder can be found therein; and the Magistrate may, if satisfied that there are reasonable grounds for doing so, issue the warrant.
(4) A search warrant issued under subsection (3) authorises the inspector to whom it is directed to enter and search the premises referred to in the warrant and to seize any thing found on the premises which he reasonably believes is evidence of the commission of an offence under this Act or any regulations made thereunder.
(5) Any person who —
fails to comply with any requisition or order of an inspector under subsection (2),
shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both.
—(1) For the purposes of advising the Council, the Complaints Committees, the Disciplinary Committees, the Health Committee and the Interim Orders Committee in any proceedings before any of them under the provisions of this Act, the Council may appoint an assessor to the Council who shall be an advocate and solicitor of not less than 10 years’ standing.
(2) The assessor shall not participate or sit in any deliberations of the Council, the Complaints Committees, the Disciplinary Committees, the Health Committee or the Interim Orders Committee unless invited to do so, and his participation shall be limited only to questions of law arising from the proceedings.
(3) The Council may pay to the assessor, as part of the expenses of the Council, such remuneration as the Council may determine.
58. No action or legal proceedings shall lie against the Council, a Complaints Committee, a Disciplinary Committee, the Health Committee or any committee appointed by the Council, or any member or employee thereof, for any act or thing done under this Act or any regulations made thereunder unless it is proved to the court that the act or thing was done in bad faith or with malice.
Exemption in respect of persons in public service or employed by Board or prescribed companies or organisation
59. [Repealed by Act 22 of 2007]
60. Nothing in this Act shall prevent the practice of medicine or surgery by any medical practitioner registered under the Medical Registration Act (Cap. 174).
61. Nothing in this Act shall prevent the doing of any act within the practice of dentistry by any oral health therapist, dental student or medical student if the act is carried out —
in the course of his training;
under the supervision of a registered dentist whose name appears in the first division of the Register of Dentists; and
in a hospital or dental school approved for the purposes of this section by the Council.
61A. The Minister may, by order published in the Gazette and subject to such conditions as he may impose, exempt any person or class of persons from any or all of the provisions of this Act or any regulations made thereunder.
—(1) The Council may, in its discretion, compound any offence under this Act which is prescribed as a compoundable offence by collecting from a person reasonably suspected of having committed the offence a sum not exceeding —
one half of the amount of the maximum fine that is prescribed for the offence; or
whichever is the lower.
(2) On payment of such sum of money, no further proceedings shall be taken against that person in respect of the offence.
(3) The Council may, with the approval of the Minister, make regulations to prescribe the offences which may be compounded.
(4) All sums collected under this section shall be paid to the Council.
61C. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the Criminal Procedure Code (Cap. 68), a District Court shall have jurisdiction to try any offence under this Act and shall have power to impose the full penalty or punishment in respect of the offence.
61D. The Minister may, after consultation with the Council, by order amend the Schedule.
—(1) Subject to the provisions of this Act, the Council may, with the approval of the Minister, make such regulations as may be necessary or expedient to give effect to the provisions and purposes of this Act and for the due administration thereof.
(2) Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), regulations may be made to —
provide for the duties of the Registrar;
regulate the registration of dentists and oral health therapists;
provide for the form of the appropriate register and the mode in which it shall be kept;
regulate the grant of practising certificates;
regulate the procedure of any committee appointed by the Council or the President under this Act and the conduct of any proceedings of such committee;
regulate the professional practice, etiquette, conduct and discipline of registered dentists and registered oral health therapists;
define the scope of practice of registered oral health therapists;
regulate the removal and restoration of names in the appropriate register;
prescribe the forms necessary for the administration of this Act;
prescribe the fees and other charges for the purposes of this Act;
provide that any person who contravenes the regulations shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both; and
prescribe such other matter as are necessary or authorised to be prescribed under this Act.