Mission and Values

Mission Statement

The Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario is the statutory governing body for dentists in Ontario that protects the public’s right to quality oral health services by providing leadership and education to the dental profession in regulation.

Transparency Principles

In carrying out its legislated mandate, a regulator has a duty to “serve and protect the public interest.” Regulators must earn and maintain the trust and confidence of the public that they are working in their best interests.

Information needs to provide assurance to the public that practitioners are competent and that the public is safe. The public protection work of the regulator must not only be done, it must be seen to be done.

The following principles are the framework for future decisions by regulatory colleges related to making more information available to the public.

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Core Purpose

  • Sets the qualifications to enter the profession.

  • Develops programs to ensure that dentists continue to enhance their knowledge and skills and to promote high standards of continuing dental education.

  • Ensures the continued development of professional standards for all of dentistry.

  • Ensures the development and continued adherence to ethical principles for all of dentistry.

  • Ensures public protection and safety by using an effective regulatory model.

Core Values

  • Trust
  • Transparency
  • Accountability
  • Equality
  • Accessibility
  • Fairness
  • Responsiveness

 

Core Goals

  • To regulate the practice of the profession and to govern the members in accordance with the Dentistry Act, 1991, the Health Professions Procedural Code and the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, and the regulations and bylaws.

  • To develop, establish and maintain standards of qualifications for persons to be issued certificates of registration.

  • To develop, establish and maintain programs and standards of practice to assure the quality of the practice of the profession.

  • To develop, establish and maintain standards of knowledge and skill and programs to promote continuing competence among the members.

  • To develop, establish and maintain standards of professional ethics for the members.

  • To develop, establish and maintain programs to assist individuals to exercise their rights under this Code and the Regulated Health Professions Act.

  • To administer the Dentistry Act, the Regulated Health Professions Act, the Health Professions Procedural Code as it relates to the profession and to perform the other duties and exercise the other powers that are imposed or conferred on the College.

  • To address any other goals relating to human health care that the Council considers desirable.