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ATTENTION TO: ALL REGISTERED DENTISTS

The Practising Certificate (PC) renewal exercise will commence from 01 October 2021 to 31 December 2021. In accordance with Section 17(5) of the Dental Registration Act (Cap 76) [DRA], a penalty fee will be imposed for late application. No appeal for waiver of penalty fee will be considered. Thank you.

DENTIST PC RENEWAL 2021 [PDF, 602KB]

PRESS RELEASE: AMENDMENTS TO DENTAL REGISTRATION ACT

The Ministry of Health (MOH), through the Singapore Dental Council (SDC), has introduced new measures to ensure that the quality and competencies of foreign-trained dental graduates seeking to practise in Singapore will remain high and relevant to our local population needs.

From 1 January 2029, foreign-trained dentists are required to take and pass a Qualifying Examination (QE) before they are eligible for conditional registration, in order to demonstrate that they have the requisite clinical knowledge and procedural skills to practise dentistry in Singapore.

The list of dentistry degrees in the Schedule of the Dental Registration Act (DRA) will be revised. The number of overseas dental schools and universities in the Schedule will be reduced from the current 89 to 62. The revised Schedule will be announced by end 2021, and it will come into effect in 2029.

Please click on the link to read the MOH press release for details.

PRESS RELEASE: SINGAPORE DENTAL COUNCIL ANNOUNCES NEW PRESIDENT AND CONSTITUTION FOR A THREE-YEAR TERM

Singapore Dental Council announces Associate Professor Tseng Seng Kwong Patrick as its new President. Associate Professor Tseng has succeeded Emeritus Professor Chew Chong Lin who completed his term in the Council and helming it as its President for more than a decade. The new Constitution comprising 13 appointed and elected members took office on 1 May 2021 for a term of three years. 

Please click on the link [PDF, 174KB] to read the press release for details.
 
RESULTS OF SINGAPORE DENTAL COUNCIL ELECTION 2021

Please click here to view the announcement on the results of the SDC Election 2021.
NOTICE OF SINGAPORE DENTAL COUNCIL ELECTION 2021 

An election will be held from Tuesday, 23 March 2021 (0800 hours) to Monday, 29 March 2021 (2359 hours) to fill five (5) vacancies in the Singapore Dental Council arising from the expiry of the term of office on 30 April 2021 for five (5) elected members. 

Please click here to view the full announcement.
 

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR SINGAPORE DENTAL COUNCIL ELECTION 2021 

Tuesday, 9 February (12 noon) to Tuesday, 2 March 2021 (12 noon)

Please click here to view the full Announcement.

ATTENTION TO: ALL CPE PROVIDERS

Please note the following changes to the submission guidelines for co-organised CPE events, which will be effective for event accreditation applications submitted from 1 January 2021. (A) The “Organiser” must be SDC’s CPE accredited provider, and “Co-organiser” is the Non-CPE provider. (B) It is mandatory to have the logo and/or name of the “Organiser” on programme outline and any other publicity materials. (C) It is optional  to have the logo/name of the “Co-organiser” and the logo/name font size can be the same but not bigger than the “Organiser”. Thank you. 
ADVISORY: DENTAL PRACTITIONERS' PARTICIPATION IN ONLINE SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMISATION PLATFORMS

1     Dental practitioners (dentists and oral health therapists) should refrain from participating in online Search Engine Optimisation platforms that make use of patient feedback and ratings, as these feedback and ratings can be considered to be patient testimonials which are forbidden under the circumstances stated in 5.4.6(f) of the Singapore Dental Council (SDC) Ethical Code and Ethical Guidelines (“ECEG”).
 
2     We refer to the following section of the SDC ECEG:
 
Testimonials are subjective and must not be used in advertising on any media where the dental practitioner has any control over the content about himself/herself. Dental practitioners must not ask or induce their patients or anyone to write positive testimonials about themselves in any media.
 
3     In particular, dental practitioners should not be paying for such services by purchasing packages from these platforms for the purpose of obtaining patient testimonials, as payment for such packages or services could be considered to be express agreement on the part of dental practitioners to allow patient testimonials to be part of their publicity and medical advertisement activities.
 
4     Thank you.
 
 
Mr Peter LEE
Executive Secretary, Singapore Dental Council
ATTENTION TO: ALL REGISTERED DENTAL PRACTITIONERS

We are pleased to inform you that the SDC Annual Report 2019 has been published.

Singapore Dental Council Annual Report 2019 [PDF, 3MB]

Please email SDC@spb.gov.sg if you have any feedback and queries on the report.

ATTENTION TO: ALL CONDITIONALLY-REGISTERED DENTISTS AND PART II ORAL HEALTH THERAPISTS AND SUPERVISORS

The Supervisor Nomination Form has been renamed to the Letter of Undertaking with effect from 7 October 2020.

The Letter of Undertaking for Conditionally-registered Dentists, Part II Oral Health Therapists and supervisors have been uploaded, and can be found at www.healthprofessionals.gov.sg/sdc/downloads

With effect from 7 October 2020, only the Letter of Undertaking will be accepted and processed by SDC. Should you have any queries, please contact SDC at SDC@spb.gov.sg. Thank you.

Letter of Undertaking for Supervisors of Part II OHTs [PDF, 474 KB]

Letter of Undertaking for Supervisors of Conditional Registrant [PDF, 475 KB]

ATTENTION TO: ALL REGISTERED DENTAL PRACTITIONERS

Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, Council would be granting special considerations to the Qualifying Period, events under Category 1B, cap for Category 3A and 3B, and BCLS requirement for dentist.

Dental practitioners are encouraged to continue to stay updated on the latest dentistry management and practices from home or office via the online platform.

Please refer to the attached Circular for your attention and information. 

[SDC Circular] Fulfilling CPE Points Requirement via Online Platform

Thank you.

ATTENTION TO: ALL ACCREDITED CPE PROVIDERS

Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, CPE Providers are encouraged to conduct CPE events via online platform in place of face-to-face events. Please refer to the attached Circular for more information.

[SDC Circular] Conducting CPE events via online platform March 2020

ATTENTION TO: ALL REGISTERED DENTAL PRACTITIONERS

Revised CPE Points System for BCLS

The Singapore Dental Council would like to inform that with effect from Dentist Qualifying Period 01/10/2019 – 30/09/2021 and OHT Qualifying Period 01/10/2020 – 30/09/2022, 6 points will be awarded for BCLS (practical + theory) and 4 points awarded for BCLS (theory).

BCLS certification must be submitted via your PRS account under “Submit CPE claims” -> Category 1C -> Certification.

Dentist: Please note that fulfilment of CPE & BCLS (practical + theory) are mandatory requirements for renewal of dentist PC biennially.

Note: Dentists who are 60 years old and above are only required to fulfil CPE & BCLS (theory).

Dentists who require exemption from BCLS (practical) due to medical reasons must seek prior approval from Council. Please write in to SDC@spb.gov.sg to request for exemption, and attach your doctor’s memo, stating your name, condition and advice for exemption.

OHT: Please note that fulfilment of CPE & BCLS (theory) are mandatory requirements for renewal of OHT PC biennially. 

Note: BCLS (practical) is optional for OHTs. OHTs who have completed BCLS (practical + theory) will be awarded 6 points accordingly.

ATTENTION TO: ALL REGISTERED DENTAL PRACTITIONERS

We are pleased to inform you that the SDC Annual Report 2018 has been published.

Singapore Dental Council Annual Report 2018

Please email SDC@spb.gov.sg if you have any feedback and queries on the report.


ATTENTION TO: ALL REGISTERED DENTAL PRACTITIONERS

Patients and members of the public may refer to a dental professional’s titles, designations and qualifications for information on his experience and expertise when choosing a dentist for consultation and treatment. As such, it is important that dental professionals display their titles, designations and qualifications accurately and appropriately.

Please find the attached Circular on the appropriate steps to display titles, designations and qualifications. The Circular will take immediate effect from 1 September 2019. 

If you have any query, please email SDC at SDC@spb.gov.sg 

SDC Circular on Display of Titles, Designations and Qualifications

ATTENTION TO: ALL CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION PROVIDERS

Please note that, (A) The criteria for renewal of status for Accredited providers has been revised and will take effect from 1 July 2019. (B) From 1 May 2019, Council will cease to accept ad-hoc provider applications. (C) All existing ad-hoc providers’ status will cease at the expiry of their current validity. For more information, please refer to attached circular and infographic. Thank you.

Revised Guidelines for CPE Providers 2019_Circular with Annex 1
Revised Guidelines for CPE Providers 2019_Infographic

ATTENTION TO: ALL DENTAL PRACTITIONERS PRACTISING IN CHAS CLINICS

UPDATES TO THE COMMUNITY HEALTH ASSIST SCHEME (CHAS) DENTAL GUIDELINES

MOH has reviewed and amended the CHAS Dental Guidelines to ensure that care provided by CHAS dental clinics remains appropriate and relevant for patients. The Government also earlier announced that Merdeka Generation (MG) cardholders can enjoy special subsidies at CHAS dental clinics.

These changes are highlighted in yellow in Annex A1, and will take effect from 1 November 2019. Please comply with these updated guidelines as your CHAS claims will be audited based on them. A list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) can be found in Annex B.

More information can also be found on the CHAS portal (www.chas.sg) and MOH website (www.moh.gov.sg). 4. If you have any further queries, you may contact the CHAS Clinic helpline (6632 1199) / email (dental@CHAS.sg). 

Updates to CHAS Dental Guidelines 2019

ATTENTION TO: ALL DENTAL PRACTITIONERS

The Singapore Association of Pharmaceutical Industries, SAPI. is an industry association representing more than 40 multinational biopharmaceutical companies involved in R&D, manufacturing and commercialization of innovative medicines in Singapore and is self-regulated by the SAPI Code of Conduct.

The SAPI Code of Conduct has been recently revised with new guidelines on industry sponsorship for Third Party Educational Events (Article 7.2.4) with the aim to continue support of HCPs for local and overseas scientific events in an objective and transparent manner. This new guidelines are written in consultation with the Ministry of Health (MoH) and it is also aligned with the 2016 Singapore Medical Council’s Ethical Code and Ethical Guidelines (SMC ECEG).

Under the new code, all beneficiaries of Third Party Educational Events must be independently selected either by hospitals, medical associations or independent professional bodies. All logistics arrangement must be made independently of the sponsoring companies.

You may also wish to know that the other recent changes to the new SAPI Code, include changes to section 7.5 on prohibition of “Gifts and Other Items”. Please refer to the copy of 2019 SAPI Code of Conduct for more details.

Should you have any queries regarding the implementation of the SAPI Code, please direct your queries to admin@sapi.org.sg.

Letter to HCPs on changes to SAPI Code of Conduct 2019_Final
SAPI Code 2019_Final

ATTENTION TO: ALL C-REG DENTISTS WISHING TO TAKE PART IN DENTAL VOLUNTEER WORK IN SINGAPORE

Conditionally-registered dentists who are planning to volunteer their time to serve the community must inform the Council of the details of their volunteer dental work at least 14 days in advance.

Please write to SDC@spb.gov.sg with the following details:
(i) Location of volunteer work
(ii) Frequency i.e. once-off / monthly / quarterly
(iii) Start and end date
(iv) Nature of dental work to be carried out
(v) Approval by current approved 1st supervisor to undertake the volunteer work
(vi) Full name and DCR number of Div I Fully-registered supervisor(s) with at least 5 years post-BDS experience who will be supervising the volunteer dental work during the volunteering period if he/she is not the 1st approved supervisor

Council would like to iterate that Conditionally-registered dentists must be under the supervision of a Council-approved supervisor at all times, as long as he/she is undertaking clinical practice and performing dental procedures on patients in Singapore. 

Please note that volunteering hours would not count towards supervision hours.
ATTENTION TO: APPLICANTS ENROLLED IN TWINNING PROGRAMMES

Potential applicants from twinning programmes will not be recognised for registration by SDC, from 1 January 2019 onwards.

Those who have enrolled in the twinning programmes before 1 January 2019 will not be affected and will be allowed to apply for registration with SDC upon completion of their course. 

ATTENTION TO: ALL CONDITIONALLY-REGISTERED DENTISTS AND PART II ORAL HEALTH THERAPISTS AND SUPERVISORS

A revised Supervisor Nomination Form for Conditionally-registered Dentists and Part II Oral Health Therapists has been uploaded, and can be found at www.healthprofessionals.gov.sg/sdc/downloads. 

With effect from 15 February 2019, only the revised Supervisor Nomination Form will be accepted and processed by SDC. Should you have any queries, please contact SDC at SDC@spb.gov.sg. Thank you.

Supervisor Nomination Form_OHT
Supervisor Nomination Form_Dentist


ATTENTION TO: ALL DENTAL PROFESSIONALS

The Council would like to inform professionals of the revised Ethical Code and Ethical Guidelines (2018 edit), which has come into force on 1 January 2019.

The revised ECEG is paramount in helping dental practitioners traverse ethical issues encountered in current dental practices and aspires to continue to uphold high moral standards and conduct in the profession.

The Council would also like to take this opportunity to wish all dental professionals a happy new year.

 

ATTENTION TO: ALL REGISTERED DENTAL PROFESSIONALS

This letter serves a reminder on the prohibition of clinical work on dental pulp tissue and dental pulp stem cells. Kindly refer to the attached circular for more information.

[SDC Circular] Prohibition of Dental Pulp Tissue / Stem Cells Collection and Storage



ATTENTION TO: ALL ORAL HEALTH THERAPISTS

SDC Secretariat would like to draw your attention to the circular below.

For your information and compliance, please.

Circular to Part II OHTs Sep 2018


ATTENTION TO: ALL CPE AD-HOC PROVIDERS

Council would like to inform you that, with effect from 01 August 2018, application for CPE event must be submitted at least 1 calendar month before the start of the event. Council would reject all CPE points applications that are received less than one month prior to the the event date. No appeal or late submission would be accepted. 

Council would also like to highlight that CPE Provider MUST NOT print and show any indicative CPE points on the publicity materials until CPE points have been officially approved.

For further queries, please refer to our Common Queries or email to SDC@spb.gov.sg.



ATTENTION TO: ALL DENTAL PROFESSIONALS

2018 EDITION OF THE SINGAPORE DENTAL COUNCIL ETHICAL CODE AND ETHICAL GUIDELINES (ECEG)

The Singapore Dental Council (SDC) Ethical Code and Guidelines (ECG) was first published in 2006. Over the past decade, the scope and development of dentistry has evolved, advanced and become more complex. Innovations in dental technology, extensive adoption of electronic means of communication and changing expectations of the public and patients have necessitated the revision of the ECG to keep pace with the rapidly changing landscape.

An Ethics Committee, comprising Council members and dental practitioners, was formed and has reviewed the ECG. Coupled with extensive consultation sessions facilitated by Singapore Dental Association, the ECG is now revised as the Ethical Code and Ethical Guidelines (ECEG). The revised ECEG will better support dental practitioners to traverse ethical issues encountered in modern dental practices and continue to uphold high moral standards in the profession.

SDC is pleased to release the 2018 edition of the ECEG which will come into force on 1 January 2019. The 2018 ECEG can be downloaded from www.sdc.gov.sg. The 2006 ECG will remain in force until this date. Should you have any queries, kindly email us at SDC@spb.gov.sg

Revised Ethical Code and Ethical Guidelines wef 1 Jan 2019