The Provincial Dental Board of Nova Scotia is established by the Dental Act to represent and protect the interests of the public in the practice of dentistry. The mandate of the Dental Board is fulfilled by ensuring that only properly trained, qualified and licensed personnel render treatment that is of a reasonable standard.
Mandatory Continuing Dental Education (MCDE) is a statutory requirement for most Dental Regulatory Authorities. There are MCDE educational programs which are designed to provide clinical education experiences through direct patient care. Dentists who wish to engage in these patient care programs but are currently licensed outside of the jurisdiction of the Provincial Dental Board must obtain a Temporary Authorization. Part-time faculty members at Dalhousie University who are licensed in another jurisdiction and reside outside Nova Scotia also require a Temporary Authorization from the Provincial Dental Board for clinical activities at the Faculty of Dentistry.
This policy outlines the process and requirements to determine if a dentist is eligible to obtain a Temporary Authorization for the purpose of serving as a part-time instructor at Dalhousie University, participation in a Continuing Dental Education Course involving patient care, or participation in a Provincial Dental Board approved study club involving patient care. To be eligible an individual must be a licensed generalist or specialist in good standing in Canada or the United States.
1. Part-time Faculty involved in patient care activities - Dentists who reside outside Nova Scotia and hold a licence in another jurisdiction require a Temporary Authorization (valid for a Maximum of 30 days per 365 day cycle from date of issue or renewal). The dates of all teaching days during this period must be provided to the Provincial Dental Board at the time of application or renewal.
2. Dentists who hold a licence in another jurisdiction, that do not have a licence to practice in Nova Scotia and are participating in patient-based Continuing Dental Education courses require a Temporary Authorization (valid for a Maximum of 10 days per 365 day cycle from date of issue or renewal). The dates of all patient care CDE courses that the dentist is attending must be provided to the Provincial Dental Board at the time of application or renewal.
3. Dentists who hold a licence in another jurisdiction, that do not have a licence to practice in Nova Scotia, that are involved in Study Clubs that have been approved by the Provincial Dental Board, and involve patient care require a Temporary Authorization (valid for a Maximum of 10 days per 365 day cycle from date of issue or renewal). The dates that the dentist is attending patient care Study Club activities must be provided to the Provincial Dental Board at the time of application or renewal.
The applicant is required to complete an application form. The application form and all required documents are to be submitted to the Registrar of the Provincial Dental Board at least one month in advance of the date for Temporary Authorization.
The Registrar shall review the candidate’s application and decide whether or not to issue a Temporary Authorization. If a Temporary Authorization is not granted to the applicant; the applicant can appeal the Registrar’s decision to the Registration Review Committee.
The Registrar will issue a Temporary Authorization for an applicant who:
(a) completes an application in a form satisfactory to the Board;
(b) provides a letter from the Registrar verifying good standing for each jurisdiction the applicant holds a license;
(c) verifies malpractice insurance through CDSPI - minimum of $ 3 million coverage;
(d) provides a copy of their dental license from each jurisdiction the applicant is registered; and
(e) provides payment of the Temporary Authorization fee to the Provincial Dental Board.
(f) provides a list of all dates the Temporary Authorization is required.
The holder of the Temporary Authorization must ensure that arrangements have been made with a dentist, licensed in Nova Scotia, to provide any follow up care which may be needed by the patient as a result of the treatment provided by the dentist holding the Temporary Authorization.
Dentists who wish to renew a Temporary Authorization must satisfactorily complete a Temporary Authorization Renewal form and provide copies of all licence cards for every jurisdiction in which the applicant is currently licensed and a copy of current malpractice insurance coverage which is valid in the Province of Nova Scotia.
Approved by the Board: May 29, 2015
Reviewed and approved by the Board: September 30, 2016 , May 26, 2017