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The Dental Council of Mauritius is established under the Dental Council Act 31 of 1999 – 1 January 2000. It provides the registration and regulation of the dental profession in order to promote high standard of dental practices safeguarding the public, foster ethical conduct, and upkeep the ethical standard of the profession.

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COMMUNIQUE

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Date: 20 December 2021

COMMUNIQUE ON SELF ADVERTISEMENT/ PUBLICITY

1. The Dental Council of Mauritius notes with concern that certain dental practitioners are resorting to self-advertisement or publicity via different platforms of social media such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, twitter etc.
2. Such practices are contrary to provisions made in the Code of Practice of the Dental Council Act. The relevant paragraphs of Part II of the Code of Practice are reproduced below for the information of all concerned:-
Paragraph 20
(1) A registered person shall not advertise his professional services.
(2) Notwithstanding subparagraph (1), a registered person may -

(a) notify other registered persons, or his patients of any change of address, dissolution or commencement of his practice:
(b) publish in a telephone directory in ordinary characters his -

(i) name, qualification(s), the place and country of such qualification(s), his speciality if any, his home address and the address(es) of his surgery; and
(ii) telephone number(s)

(3) Nothing in this paragraph shall prohibit a registered person who is acting in the course of his official duties pertaining to his office or post from giving an interview or publishing an article in the lay media on matters of concern to his office or post.
(4) Notwithstanding subparagraph (1), registered persons may keep their professional and managerial colleagues informed of the services they offer and of the practice arrangements, provided that the materials circulated in this way should not disparage, directly or by implication, the services provided by other registered persons nor should it claim superiority for the dental surgeons or dental specialists personal qualities, qualifications, experience or skills.

Paragraph 25
(1) A registered person shall not, whether by way of publication of any article or any personal photograph or otherwise, indulge in any form of self-advertisement or publicity.
(2) In particular, he shall not -

(a) publish or cause to be published, in the lay media or any other means of communication device, articles likely to have the effect set out in subparagraph (3) (a) and (b);
(b) give to journalists of the lay media or any other means of communication device, interviews likely to have the effect set out in subparagraph (3) (a) and (b);
(c) allow the publication in the lay media or any other means of communication device, of his cases, operations, treatment, cures or remedies.

(3) For the purposes of subparagraph (1) a registered person shall not be taken to have indulged in self advertisement or publicity unless -

(a) he has invited attention to his professional position, skill, qualification or achievements.

(b) the information in the advertisement or publicity furthers the professional interests of a registered person concerned or appears to attract patients to his care.

(4) For the purposes of this paragraph publication includes -

(a) any newspaper, book, periodical, pamphlet, or other printed matter;
(b) any writing or typescript which has in any manner been duplicated or exhibited or made available to the public or any section of the public.

Paragraph 26
In any interaction a registered person shall have with the lay media, it is the responsibility of the registered person to ensure the observation of paragraph 20 of this Code of Practice regarding publicity and advertisement.

Paragraph 27
(1) The following practices are not regarded as forms of self-advertisement and publicity -

(a) an announcement not exceeding 90mm by 70mm in the press appearing for not more than three days, upon -

(i) starting or resuming practice;
(ii) changing type of practice;
(iii) changing address or telephone number;
(iv) temporary absence or resumption of duty.

All dental practitioners are advised to ensure compliance with the Code of Practice including those reproduced above during their daily dental practice.

REGISTRAR
Dental Council of Mauritius

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Date: 10 December 2021

ANNUAL PRACTISING FEE

All dental practitioners are requested to effect the payment of their Annual Practising Fee through banking facilities such as Bank Transfer or Internet Banking and this is an alternative to attending the seat of the Dental Council in person.

The Account Number of the Dental Council is as follows:

Name of Bank: State Bank of Mauritius

Account Number: 62010100018492

Please also note that

  1. The last date of payment of the Annual Practising fee for the year 2022 is 31 January 2022.
  2. A surcharge of 50% would be applicable on payment received after 31 January 2022.
  3. The prescribed Annual Practising fee for a dental surgeon is Rs2,500 and for a dental specialist, it is Rs5,000.

Dental practitioners who have been given temporary registration should call the Dental Council of Mauritius to obtain an update on their registration status before making any payment.

Dr K DEEPCHAND

Registrar

Dental Council of Mauritius

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Date: 24 November 2021

CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Waiving of CPD Requirements for the year 2021

This is to inform all Dental Practitioners that Council took cognizance of section 42(a) of the Finance (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2021 and section 39(e) and section 5(7) of the Interpretation and General Clauses Act which provides for an exemption from the requirement to follow CPD courses for the year 2021.

The Dental Council is proceeding with the implementation of the provisions made in the law which, as stated above relates to an exemption from CPD for the year 2021.

All Dental Practitioners are therefore informed that for the year 2021 it will not be a legal requirement to provide evidence of having accumulated a minimum of 12 CPD credit points. Their names would be entered in the Annual list for the year 2022 only after payment of the Annual Practising Fee.

Please note that accumulated CPD credit points during the year 2021 will not be carried forward for the year 2022.

Dr. K. Deepchand

Registrar

Dental Council of Mauritius

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Date: 19 November 2021

DENTAL REGISTRATION EXAMINATION

This is to inform all concerned persons that an examination called the Dental Registration Examination (DRE) will be held on Wednesday, December 15, 2021. Successful candidates will be eligible for a registration to practice Dentistry in Mauritius.

For further information on the Dental Registration Examination, prospective candidates are requested to call at the seat of Council on weekdays during office hours by next week.

Registrar

Dental Council of Mauritius

One Way Floreal Street

Floreal

Tel. 6988340/6988403

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