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REGULATION ON MANDATORY CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR DENTISTS


Preamble

The Order has adopted this Regulation since it considers continuing education to be a critical tool for dentists to maintain their skills and knowledge up to date and, in turn, ensure the quality of dental services through the observance of high standards of practice.

The information on this page does not constitute legal advice, nor is it an interpretation of the Regulation. It is your duty to familiarize yourself with the Regulation as a whole and to comply with the requirements it sets out.

If you have any questions, please contact the Ordre des dentistes du Québec by phone at 514-875-8511 (Toll-free 1 800 361-4887), or by email at formation@odq.qc.ca.

1. What requirements are contained in the Regulation?

According to the Regulation, members of the Order are required to earn a minimum of 90 continuing education units (CEU) during a reference period of three (3) years. Of this number, 30 CEU must be earned during activities provided by an organization or establishment recognized by the Order (see question 2 below) or during eligible continuing education activities (see question 4 below). The remaining 60 CEU can be earned by taking part in eligible continuing education activities at the discretion of dentists (see question 3 below).

2. Which organizations and establishments are recognized1 by the Order?

  • Faculties of dentistry whose diplomas give recipients access to the permits and specialist certificates delivered by the Order, faculties of dentistry whose diplomas are recognized as equivalent to diplomas that give recipients access to the permits and specialist certificates delivered by the Order, their university-affiliated hospital centres and the French universities listed in Appendix I of the Règlement sur la délivrance d’un permis de l’Ordre des dentistes du Québec pour donner effet à l’arrangement conclu par l’Ordre en vertu de l’Entente entre le Québec et la France en matière de reconnaissance mutuelle des qualifications professionnelles (e.g., CHU Sainte-Justine).
  • Canadian dental and medical regulatory agencies (e.g., the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario, Collège des médecins du Québec, Ordre des dentistes du Québec and the Journées dentaires internationales du Québec {JDIQ}).
  • National and international dental associations (e.g., Canadian Dental Association, Association des chirurgiens dentistes du Québec, American Dental Association, Canadian Medical Association, Association dentaire française).
  • Canadian or international associations and federations of dental specialists (e.g., Association internationale des orthodontistes francophones).
  • Dental societies of Québec.
  • Conseil interprofessionnel du Québec.
  • Recognized organizations that deliver basic life support training for healthcare professionals or advanced cardiovascular life support training or equivalent (e.g., Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, Canadian Red Cross, organizations certified by the Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail).
  • Organizations, establishments and instructors certified to deliver training on ethics and professional conduct which is related to the practice of the profession and meets the criteria presented in article 9 of the Regulation.
  • Establishments of the Québec health and social services network.
  • The Canadian Armed Forces.

    1 In accordance with the eligibility criteria listed in article 9 of the Regulation, the Order will be creating a list of recognized organizations and establishments, which will be updated periodically.

3. Which continuing education activities can be included under any of the 90 required CEU?

  • Participating in courses, online training (e.g., webinars), hands-on workshops, discussion groups (e.g. study circles), seminars, symposia or conferences.
  • Acting as an instructor for an eligible training activity and the time devoted to preparing the activity earns 3 CEU for a maximum of 10 CEU during the reference period. Each activity can only be counted once during the reference period, even if it is repeated.
  • Providing theoretical or clinical instruction in a faculty of dentistry or university-affiliated hospital for a maximum of 10 CEU per year, if instruction is offered full time, or a maximum of 5 CEU per year if instruction is offered part time. A member teaching several part-time courses is limited to a maximum of 10 CEU per year.
  • Participating in research approved by a research ethics committee, which is duly constituted by a recognized organization and complies with established standards, for a maximum of 20 CEU per reference period.
  • Editing, drafting and publishing peer-reviewed articles or papers related to the profession in scientific journals, for a maximum of 10 CEU per reference period.
  • Personal readings on the practice of the profession done at one’s pace in a more deliberate, less structured manner (e.g., purchase of a conference package from the JDIQ, the Ontario Dental Association or American Dental Association) for a maximum of 10 CEU per reference period. Members must record their self-directed learning activities in a personal diary.
  • Any other type of continuing education activity determined by the Order in accordance with the criteria set out in article 9 of the Regulation.

4. From the list of eligible continuing education activities, which ones can be included under the 30 CEU that dentists are required to earn during the reference period?

  • Participating in a continuing education activity offered by an organization or establishment recognized by the Order.
  • Participating in a continuing education activity offered, organized or mandated by the Order, including the annual conference of the Order (e.g., JDIQ).
  • Providing theoretical or clinical instruction in a faculty of dentistry or university-affiliated hospital.
  • Participating in research approved by a research ethics committee, which is duly constituted by a recognized organization and complies with established standards.
  • Editing, drafting and publishing peer-reviewed articles or papers related to the profession in scientific journals.

    3 CEU earned in addition to the minimum requirement of 30 CEU may be transferred to the 60 CEU requirement, under certain conditions.

5. What are the other requirements regarding mandatory continuing education?

  • Earn a minimum of 15 CEU per year.
  • Earn a minimum of 3 CEU during the reference period of three (3) years for initial or refresher training on basic or advanced cardiovascular pulmonary resuscitation, including the use of an external automated defibrillator, delivered by a certified organization or instructor.
  • Earn a minimum of 3 CEU during the reference period of three (3) years for an activity on ethics and professional conduct related to the practice of the profession.
  • Participate in any other continuing education activity mandated by the Order as a result of legislative or regulatory reform or change in standards, or if deemed necessary by the Order due to a deficiency affecting the quality of the professional practice.
  • Report the continuing education activities taken or obtain the necessary exemptions, as relevant, during the annual registration on the Roll of the Order on April 1 of each year.

6. When does the reference period of the new Regulation start and when does it end?

The new Regulation will come into effect on April 1, 2020. Consequently, the first reference period will begin on April 1, 2020 and end on March 31, 2023.

7. Given that the Policy on Continuing Education, in effect since July 1, 2017, will be ending on June 30, 2020 and that the Regulation will be effective on April 1, 2020, what will happen to the continuing education activities taking place during this transition period?

The continuing education activities occurring during this period will be counted both under the Policy on Continuing Education ending on June 30, 2020 and under the reference period of three (3) years set out in the Regulation coming into effect on April 1, 2020.

8.What is the penalty for dentists who fail to comply with the requirements of the Regulation?

Subject to the terms of the Regulation, dentists who fail to comply with the requirements of the Regulation may be removed from the Roll of the Order. In such cases, the removal shall be binding upon notification of the dentist and will remain in effect until the dentist has provided the Order with proof that the requirements of the Regulation have been met and the penalty has been lifted by the Board of Directors of the Order.