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THE DENTISTS ACT, 1948

Title : THE DENTISTS ACT, 1948

Year : 1948



Any authority in a1*[State]2[**] which grants a qualification for dental hygienists may apply to the Council to have such qualification, recognised,3and the Council may, after such inquiry, if any, as it thinks fit, and after consulting the Government and the 1*[State] Council of the1*[State] in which the authority making the application is situated, declare that such qualification, or such qualification only when granted after a specified date, shall be a recognised dental hygiene qualification for the purposes of this Act.

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1. Substituted for the word 'Provincial' by A.L.O., 1950.

2. The words "of India" were omitted, by the Demists (Amdt.) Act. 1993 (30 of 1993). S. 2 (w.r.e.f. 27-8-1992).

3. Such qualification granted by the Dental Wing, Armed Forces Medical College, Poona, the Dental College, Trivendrum and the Dental College and Hospital, Lucknow and M.D.S. degrees of Bangalore and Lucknow Universities have been so recognised

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The Council may prescribe the period and nature of an apprenticeship or training which shall be undergone and the other conditions which shall be satisfied by a person before he is entitled to be registered under this Act as a dental mechanic.



Notwithstanding anything contained in any other law, but subject to the provisions of this Act, -

(a) Any recognised dental or dental hygiene qualification shall be a sufficient qualification for enrollment in the appropriate register of any1*[State];

(b) No person shall, after the first registers arc compiled under this Act, be entitled to be enrolled in any register as a dentist or dental hygienist unless he holds a recognised dental or dental hygiene qualification or as a dental mechanic unless he has undergone training which satisfies the prescribed requirements referred to in Section 12.

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1. Substituted for the word 'Provincial' by A.L.O., 1950.

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Every authority in a1*[State]2[* * *] which grants any recognised dental or dental hygiene qualification shall furnish such information as the Council may from time to time require as to the courses of study and training and examinations to be undergone in order to obtain such qualification, as to the ages at which such courses of study and examinations are required to be undergone, and generally as to the requisites for obtaining such qualification.

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1. Substituted for the word 'Provincial' by A.L.O., 1950.

2. The words "of India" were omitted, by A.L.O.1950.

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(1) The Executive Committee1*[may subject to regulations, if any, made by the Council appoint] such number of Inspectors as it deems necessary to attend at any examinations held by authorities in the 2*[State]3[* *] which grant recognised dental or dental hygiene qualifications and to inspect any institution recognised as a training institution.

(2) Inspectors appointed under this section shall not interfere with the course of any examina¬tion but they shall report to the Executive Committee on the sufficiency of every examination at which they attend and of the courses of study and training at every institution which they inspect, and on any other matters with regard to which the Executive Committee may require them to report.

(3) The Executive Committee shall forward a copy of such report to the authority or institution concerned and shall also forward copies with remarks, if any, of the authority or institution concerned thereon to the Central Government or the2[State] in which the authority or institution is situated.

15A -4* Appointment of Visitors

(1) The Council may appoint such number of Visitors as it may deem necessity to attend at any examination held by any authority or institution in a State which grants recognised dental qualifications and to inspect any institution training students for recognised dental qualifications.

(2) Any person, whether he is a member of the Council or not, may be appointed as a Visitor under this section, but a person who is appointed as an Inspector under section 15 for any inspection or examination shall not be appointed as a Visitor for the same inspection or examination.

(3) The Visitor shall not interfere with the course of any examination but shall report to the President of the Council on the sufficiency of every examination at which he attends and of the courses of study and training at every institution which he inspects and on the adequacy of the standards of dental education including staff, equipment, accommodation and other facilities prescribed for giving dental education, and on any other matters with regard to which the Council may require him to report.

(4) The report of a Visitor shall be treated as confidential unless in any particular case the President of the Council otherwise directs:

Provided that if the Central Government requires a copy of the report of a Visitor, the Council shall furnish the same.

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1. Substituted for words "may appoint" by the Dentists (Amdt.) Act, 1955 (12 of 1955). Section. 6 (164-1955).

2. Substituted for the word 'Provincial' by A.L.O., 1950.

3. Words 'of India' were omitted, by the Dentists (Amdt.) Act, 1955 (12 of 1955). Section. 6 (164-1955).

4. Inserted by Dentists (Amdt.) Act (42 of 1972). Section. 9 (1-11-72).

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(1) When upon report by the Executive Committee it appears to the Council -

(a) That the courses of study and training or the examinations to be undergone in order to obtain a recognised1[* * *] dental hygiene qualification from any authority in a 2*[State]3[* *] or the conditions for admission to such courses or the standards of proficiency required from the candidates at such examinations are not in conformity with regulations made under this Act or fall short of the standards required thereby, or

(b) That an institution does not satisfy the requirements of the Council, the Council may send to the Government of the 2*[State] in which the authority or institution is situated a statement to such effect, and the 2*[State] Government shall forward it, along with such remarks as it may think fit, to the authority or institution concerned with an intimation of the period within which the authority or institution may submit its explanation to the 2*[State] Government.

(2) On receipt of the explanation, or where no explanation is submitted within the period fixed, then on the expiry of the period, the 2*[State] Government shall after consulting the 2*[State] Council, forward its recommendations and those of the 2*[State] Council, if any, to the Council.

(3) The Council, after considering the recommendations of the 2*[State] Government and the2[State] Council and alter such further inquiry, if any, as it may think fit to make, may declare that the qualification granted by the authority or institution shall be a recognised1[* *] dental hygiene qualification only when granted before a specified date.

(4) The Council may declare that any recognised1[* *] dental hygiene qualification granted outside the 2*[States]3[* *] shall be recognised as such only if granted before a specified date.

16A - 4* Withdrawal of recognition of recognised dental qualifications

(1) When, upon report by the Executive Committee or the Visitor, it appears to the Council-

(a) That the courses of study and training or the examination to be undergone in order to obtain a recognised dental qualification from any authority or institution in a State, or the conditions for admission to such courses or the standards of proficiency required from the candidates at such examinations are not in conformity with the regulations made under this Act or fall short of the standards required thereby, or

(b) That an institution does not, in the matter of staff, equipment, accommodation, training and other facilities, satisfy the requirements of the Council,the Council shall send a statement to that effect to the Central Government.

(2) After considering such a statement, the Central Government may send it to the Government of the State in which the authority exercises power or the institution is situated, and the State Government shall forward it, along with such remarks as it may think fit to make, to the authority or institution concerned, with an intimation of the period within which the authority or institution may submit its explanation to the State Government.

(3) After considering the explanation, or where no explanation is submitted within the period fixed, then, on the expiry of that period, the State Government shall make its recommendations to the Central Government.

(4) The Central Government may, after considering the recommendations of the State Government and after making such further inquiry, if any, as it may think fit, by notification in the Official Gazette, direct that an entry shall be made in Part I of the Schedule against the qualification granted by the authority or institution declaring that it shall he a recognised dental qualification only when granted before a specified date or that the said recognised dental qualification if granted to students of a specified college or institution affiliated to any University shall be a recognised dental qualification only when granted before a specified date or, as the case maybe, that the said recognised dental qualification shall be a recognised dental qualification in relation to a specified college or institution affiliated to any University only when granted after a specified date.

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1. Words "dental or" omitted by Dentists (Amdt.) Act (42 of 1972) Section. 10(1-11-72).

2. Substituted for the word 'Provincial' by A.L.O., 1950.

3. The words "of India" were omitted, by Dentists (Amdt.) Act (42 of 1972). Section. 9 (1-11-72).

4. Inserted by Dentists (Amdt.) Act (42 of 1972) Section. 11 (1-11-72).

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All declarations under1[* *] section 11 or section 16 shall be made by a resolution passed at a meeting of the Council and shall forthwith be published in the Official Gazette.

17A - 2* Professional conduct


(1) The Council may prescribe standards of professional conduct and etiquette or the code of ethics for dentists.

(2) Regulations made by the Council under sub-section (1) may specify which violations thereof shall constitute infamous conduct in any professional respect, that is to say, professional misconduct, and such provision shall have effect notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in any other law for the time being in force.)

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1. Words and figure "section 10" omitted by Dentists (Amdt.) Act (42 of 1972) Section. 12(1-11-72).

2. Inserted by Dentists (Amdt.) Act (42 of 1972) Section. 13 (1-11-72),

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(1)The Council shall maintain a register of dentists to be known as the Indian Dentists Register and consisting of the entries in all the 1*[State]registers of dentists.

(2) Each 1*[State] Council shall supply to the Council twenty printed copies of the 1*[State] register as soon as may be after the 1st day of April of each year, and each Register shall inform the Council without delay of all additions to and other amendments in the 1* [State]register.

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1. Substituted for the word 'Provincial' by A.L.O., 1950.

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