What’s Public (and What’s Not) About Dentists
The College’s Public Register includes information about every dentist licensed to practise dentistry in Ontario, and dentists previously licensed by the College. The Public Register is accessed by clicking the ‘Find a Dentist’ button on our website.
In fulfilling our mandate to protect the public, we believe it’s important that the public have information to help them to decide who they wish to see for dental care. Information about dentists is obtained when they first register with the College, and it is updated regularly: when they complete our annual renewal questionnaire and form, notify us of a change, or as a result of a College process.
If you have any questions about the information provided in the Public Register or need assistance, please contact the College.
The Public Register contains a wide variety of information about dentists, including:
- Full name and former name (if any); practice address(es), and telephone number(s); RCDSO registration number;
- Sedation member authorization, sedation facility permit, Dental CT Scanner facility permit, and, if applicable, the health profession corporation name in which the dentist is a shareholder.
- Registration status (e.g., current member, suspended member) and registration class (e.g., general dentist, student), pertinent dates.
- Qualifications, including school from which the dentist’s degree was obtained and year of graduation; postgraduate dental training (if applicable); recognized specialty designation (e.g. pediatric dentistry; public health dentistry); and pertinent dates.
- The terms, conditions and limitations (TCLs) in effect on each dentist’s certificate of registration. TCLs describe conditions under which the dentist can practise dentistry and any practise restrictions.
- A summary of allegations of professional misconduct or incompetence, if any, awaiting hearing by the Discipline Committee that relate to the dentist.If the Discipline Committee makes a finding of professional misconduct or incompetence against the dentist, a brief summary of the facts on which the finding was based; the penalty; and whether the finding is under appeal.
Allegation(s) of incapacity awaiting hearing by the Fitness to Practise Committee; and, if there is a finding of incapacity, a summary of the finding ; and whether the finding is under appeal.
- Findings of malpractice/professional negligence made by a court of law in Ontario on or after June 4, 2009.
- Where a dentist has resigned and agreed to never practise again in Ontario during or as a result of an investigation or public complaint.
More information is now available as a result of our recent Transparency Initiative
- Findings of guilt against a dentist under the Criminal Code made on or after January 1, 2015, including the finding; the sentence; the fact of an appeal; and the pertinent dates, if the conviction is relevant to the dentist’s suitability to practise dentistry.
A Caution outcome of an investigation or public complaint that relates to a dentist, where the decision was issued on or after October 1, 2015, and a notation if the Caution is subject to an appeal.. A Caution is issued by the College’s Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee when there is a significant concern about conduct or practice that can have a direct impact on patient care, safety, or the public interest if it is not addressed.
- A Specified Continuing Education or Remediation Program (SCERP) outcome of an investigation or public complaint that relates to a dentist, where the decision was issued on or after October 1, 2015 , and a notation if the SCERP is subject to an appeal.
- Where allegations of professional misconduct or incompetence against a dentist have been referred to the Discipline Committee and are awaiting a hearing, the date of the referral, the Notice of Hearing, and the hearing status.
- A summary of each deficiency found during an inspection of a Sedation Facility or Dental CT Scanner, until the deficiency has been rectified.
We believe that any information provided to the public – whether it is about our processes or dentists — should be relevant, enhance public confidence, and be balanced with fairness and respect for each dentist’s privacy.
The following information is not included on the Public Register
- Email address; home mailing address; and date of birth.
- Settlements of malpractice/professional negligence civil lawsuits.
- The fact of an investigation – be it a complaint, an inquiry into a dentist’s capacity to practise dentistry related to their health, or an investigation into a mandatory report or a concern arising from another source.
- The outcome of investigations that find no concerns with the dentist’s care or conduct or find concerns of a minor nature that pose no or low risk to the public, including “no action”; “advice/recommendations”; or “remedial agreement” outcomes.
- Terms, conditions or limitations on a dentist’s certificate of registration that are no longer in effect.
What will appear on the Public Register
Caution decisions of the ICR Committee
- Includes the date of the decision, a summary of the Caution, and a notation of whether the decision is under appeal.
- Only applies to decisions made on or after October 1, 2015.
- Is removed from the public register 24 months after the Caution is delivered.
Specified Continuing Education or Remediation Program (SCERP) decisions of the ICR Committee
- Includes a summary of the SCERP and a notation of whether the decision is under appeal.
- Only applies to decisions made on or after October 1, 2015.
- Is removed after all components of the SCERP have been completed.
A summary of criminal findings of guilt made against the member on or after January 1, 2015 in any jurisdiction is only included if it is determined that the finding is relevant to the practice of dentistry.
Additional information regarding pending discipline hearings
In addition to information that currently appears on register in relation to pending discipline hearings, the full notice of hearing and date of referral will be available.