Summary of Dental Council Standards

This is a summary of the Dental Council Standards. Each training outcome in your CPD application must be related to one of the following Standards. The full description of the Standards can be found on the Dental Council website, or you can download the information here.
1. You must ensure the health needs and safe care of your patients are your primary concerns
2. You must put the interests of your patients ahead of personal, financial or other gain
3. You must treat patients with dignity and respect at all times
4. You must treat patients fairly and without discrimination, respecting cultural values, personal disabilities and individual differences
5. You must respect the autonomy and freedom of choice of the patient
6. You must respect patients’ right to complain and enable them to seek redress
7. You must protect the confidentiality of patient information
8. You must practise within your professional knowledge, skills and competence, or refer to another health practitioner
9. You must identify and manage health and safety risks within your practice environment
10. You must maintain accurate, time-bound and up-to-date patient records
11. You must keep your professional knowledge and skills up-to-date through ongoing learning and professional interaction
12. You must have arrangements in place to manage medical emergencies
13. You must communicate honestly, factually and without exaggeration
14. You must listen to your patients and consider their preferences and concerns
15. You must give patients the information they need or request, in a way they can understand, so they can make informed decisions
16. You must ensure informed consent remains valid at all times
17. You must communicate openly in inter-and intra-professional healthcare teams for the enhancement of patient care
18. You must behave respectfully in communication to and about colleagues or other health professionals
19. You must take a holistic approach to care appropriate to the individual patient
20. You must provide care that is clinically justified and based on the best available evidence
21. You must collaborate with colleagues and other health practitioners, and contribute to teamwork for enhanced patient outcomes
22. You must protect and promote the health of patients and the public
23. You must ensure your professional and personal conduct justifies trust in you and your profession
24. You must be familiar and comply with your legal and professional obligations
25. You must act with honesty and integrity at all times with patients, colleagues and the public
26. You must maintain appropriate boundaries in our interactions with patients, colleagues and the public
27. You must protect the interests of patients and colleagues from any risk posed by your personal issues or health, or those of a colleague
28. You must protect the interests of patients and colleagues from any risk posed by your competence or conduct, or that of a colleague or an employee