The Dental Board’s revised registration standards for continuing professional development (CPD) and recency of practice have come into effect this week. They will apply to all dental practitioners who will need to meet the obligations of the revised standards by the next registration renewal period on 30 November 2016.
The standards were revised after a scheduled review, which included public consultation. National Boards have previously published consultation reports providing a summary of the consultation processes, rationale for any changes and proposed way forward; including areas where further work is planned.
In the Revised registration standards the requirement of 60 hours of CPD activities over a three-year CPD cycle has not changed. The three-year CPD cycle has moved from 1 July – 30 June to 1 December – 30 November to align with the renewal of registration cycle. For further information, please refer to the FAQs and Guidelines on CPD above.
The revised recency of practice registration standard has not fundamentally changed. It has been reformatted and reworded to assist registrants and applicants to understand and comply with this standard.
The revised standards were approved by the Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council on 27 August 2015 and were part of a scheduled review of standards. A public consultation was held as part of the review. National Boards today published consultation reports providing a summary of the consultation processes, rationale for any changes and proposed way forward, including areas where further work is planned.
The revised standards will apply to most applicants for initial registration, and applicants for renewal of registration from 1 October 2016. They do not apply to the current cycle of renewals.
To find out more details of what is exactly involved in the new standards, see this release from the Dental Board from October this year.
For more information on the changes made to these registration standards, please refer to AHPRA’s registration standards page.