PART I - PRELIMINARY

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PART I - PRELIMINARY

1. Short title This Act may be cited as the Dental Council Act 1999.

2. Interpretation In this Act - "annual list" means the annual list of dental surgeons and specialists published under section 29;

"Chairperson" means the Chairperson of the Council;

"Code of Practice" means the code of practice established under section 12(c);

"Council" means the Council established under section 3;

"dental specialist" means a person registered as such under section 20;

"dental surgeon" means a person registered as such under section 20;

"diploma in dental surgery" means diploma, degree, licence or other like qualification or authority to practise dentistry granted by a medical institution;

"infamous conduct" includes causing or bringing disrepute to the dental profession by improper behaviour;

" malpractice" includes a failure to exercise due professional skill or care which results in injury to or loss of life of a person;

"medical institution" means any university, corporation, college, faculty or other institution which -

a). is authorised under the laws of any country to provide courses leading to a diploma in dental surgery; and

b). is prescribed by regulations made by the Council;

"member" means a member of the Council and includes the Chairperson;

"Minister" means the Minister responsible for the subject of heath;

"negligence" includes failure on the part of a registered person to exercise the proper and timely care expected from a registered person;

"Permanent Secretary" means the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry responsible for the subject of health;

"professional misconduct" includes improper, or disgraceful or dishonorable or unworthy conduct;

"register" means a register kept under section 20;

"registered person" means a person whose name is on one of the registers kept under section 20;

"Registrar" means the Registrar of the Council appointed under section 10;

"specialist qualification" means a post-graduate qualification in dental speciality obtained after a full time training of -

a). in the case of a person who obtained his specialist qualification before the prescribed year, not less than one year;

b). in the case of a person who obtained his specialist qualification after the prescribed year, not less than 2 years, in a medical institution and obtained after one certificated examination;

"Tribunal" means the Medical Disciplinary Tribunal set up under the Dental Council Act 1999.