Code of Dental Practice

Regulatory Code of Dental Practice in the Philippines
Republic of the Philippines
Professional Regulation Commission
Series of 1983

Pursuant to Section 10 R.A. 4419 otherwise known as PHILIPPINE DENTAL ACT OF 1965, this REGULATORY FOR DENTAL PRACTICE 1 IN THE PHILIPPINES based on the draft submitted by the Philippine Dental Association thru its House of Delegates, is hereby adopted.

ARTICLE 1 – Duty to the Community

SECTION 1. Primary Duty – The dentist’s primary duty of serving the public is accomplished by giving his professional service to the best of his capabilities and to conduct himself in such a manner as to hold his profession in high esteem.

SECTION 2. Emergency Service – A dentist, when consulted in an emergency by the patient of another, shall attend ONLY to the conditions leading to the emergency. Upon completion of the treatment, he shall return the patient to his dentist of record and to inform him of the conditions found and treated.

SECTION 3. Delegation of Services – A dentist shall not delegate to his dental auxiliaries 2 the performance of any service or operation, which requires his personal competence as a professional, unless expressly authorized by law.

SECTION 4. Supervision of Work – The dentist shall supervise his associates and his auxiliaries in the performance of their duties.

1. Dental Practice refers to provision of R.A. 4419

2. Dental Auxiliaries – include dental aides, x-ray technicians, dental prosthetic technician, and dental hygienists.

SECTION 5. Professional Fees – The dentist shall charge fees for his professional service taking into consideration the nature of the case, 3 efforts, 4 skills and materials involved and the capacity of the patient to pay. The dentist is obliged to reveal to his patient, when requested, the itemized details of the professional fees charged by him. He shall not accept or offer rebates, split fees or receive commissions other than his legitimate professional fees.

SECTION 6. Irreproachable Conduct – The dentist shall conduct himself in a manner completely above suspicion or reproach.

SECTION 7. Discoveries of Works – In the interest of public health, the dentist must make available his discoveries, inventions or works, which are useful in safeguarding or promoting health, subject to patent or copyright laws.

SECTION 8. Dental Health Care Program – The dentist shall participate in programs designed for dental health education and care. He shall participate in volunteer programs for the delivery of dental health services in underserved and unserved areas.

SECTION 9. Leadership – In all efforts to improve the dental health of the public, the dentist shall make available to the community his skills, knowledge, and experience, particularly in his field of specialty.

SECTION 10. Keeping Professional Fit – The right of every dentist to professional status rests in the degree of knowledge, skill and efficiency with which he serves his patients, his community and his country.

10.1. To keep his professional knowledge and skills up-to-date, every dentist shall pursue Continuing Educational Program offered by the Philippine Dental Association, its chapters and affiliates, specialty groups, schools, alumni associations, study clubs, and dental associations abroad, duly approved by the Board and the Professional Regulation Commission.

10.1.1. Continuing Dental Education Credits (CDEC) – Every dentist shall complete a minimum of 300 Continuing Education Credits units every three (3) years prior to the renewal of his Professional Registration.

10.1.2. System Group – Each Specialty Group shall evolve its won system of accreditation, subject to the approval of Board and the Commission, establish its Council, police its own ranks and shall at all times safeguard the public against those who do not meet the qualifications prescribed by the system.

10.1.3. Certificates, Plaques & Testimonials – No certificate, plaque, testimonial other than the dentist’s school diploma, certificates issued by the specialty Council, the Board of Dentistry and such other required by law, shall be displayed in his clinic or reception room.

The dentist shall display his Certificate of Registration together with his picture in a conspicuous place in his clinic or reception room at all times.

SECTION 11. Duty to Report – The dentist shall report all violations of the Philippine Dental Act, the rules and regulations governing the practice of Dentistry, and this Code, which comes to his knowledge, to the appropriate chapter or affiliate society, the Board or the Professional Regulation Commission.

SECTION 12. Professional Consultation and Referral – The dentist shall seek consultation or make a referral whenever the welfare of the patient requires recourse to those who possess special skills, knowledge and experience.

12.1. The consultant shall hold the details of the consultation in confidence and shall not undertake any operative procedures without consent of the referring dentist.

12.2. The consultant shall observe post-operative conditions and immediately thereafter return the patient to the referring dentist.

SECTION 13. Criticism and Expert Testimony – The dentist shall institute corrective treatment in case of a faulty management by another dentist without unnecessary criticism.

13.1. Justifiable Criticism – Every dentist shall report to the appropriate authority of professional society, instances of gross and continual faulty treatment by another dentist.

13.2. Expert Testimony – The dentist shall provide expert testimony whenever called upon to do in administrative, judicial, or legislative proceedings.

SECTION 14. Unfair Means to Gain Professional Advancement – The dentist shall not use unfair means to gain professional advancement, or injure the opportunities of other dentists. He must be receptive to new ideas and suggestions from other dental practitioners and ready to recognize, encourage, and accredit those to whom such credit is due. Constructive suggestions from other dentists should be given careful attention.

SECTION 15. Use of Term “Clinic” and “Office” – A dentist shall use only term “Clinic” or “Office” in his dental practice.

SECTION 16. Testimonials – A dentist or any association of dentists shall not give testimonials, directly or indirectly, to the supposed therapeutic agent or propriety preparations such as remedies, vaccines, mouth washes, dentifrices or other articles or preventions of disease by their use.

SECTION 17. Soliciting Patients – A dentist shall not solicit patients personally or employ his patients, agents, or agencies to solicit patients for him.

SECTION 18. Cover Up for Illegal Acts – The dentist shall not allow his name to cover up for industrial or commercial establishments required by law to engage the services of a dentist, or for illegal practitioners, quacks, or charlatans.

SECTION 19. Performance of Obligations – The dentist shall perform in good faith and with due diligence, all his obligations arising from agreements with patients or other persons, and financing institutions or other instrumentalities, in order not to undermine the prestige of the profession.

ARTICLE III – Advertising

SECTION 20. Authorized Advertising – The best and honorable means by which the dentist may make known and advance his reputation for skill and competence in the practice of dentistry is through his professional services to his patients and to the public.

20.1 The dentist or the dental clinic shall have not more than one window or buildings sign per exposure.

20.2 Letter for windows or buildings signs on the first floor shall not be larger than 8 cm. by 8 cm. in size and shall show only the name of the dentist and the term “dentist” or “dentistry”.

20.3 The terms “x-ray”, “Gas”, “Air-Abrasive”, “dental laboratory”’ “Air Conditioned” or any technical term must not appear in the card, stationeries, office doors and signboards of the dentist.

20.4 A dentist may identify himself as dental practitioner only in the following manner:

20.4.1Cards, letterheads and announcement – A dentist may properly utilize professional cards, recall notices to patients or records and letterheads when the style and text are consistent with the dignity of the profession.

Announcement cards may be sent when there is a charge in location or an alteration in the character of practice, but only to other dentists, members of health profession and to patients of records.

20.5. Building window, office-door lettering and sings – The use of door lettering is limited to 8 cm. by 8 cm. in size and shall show only the name of the dentist, the term Dentist or Dentistry. Window or building signs above the first floor shall show the name of the dentist and the term “dentist” or “dentistry” only and the letters shall be no bigger that 16 cm. in size.

20.6. Building Directory – When placing his name upon the directory board of an office building, a dentist must comply and use only the size of lettering regularly used by the tenants in said building.

20.7. The dentist shall not use illuminated signs in any form.

20.8Directional signboard may be used by a dentist, but shall not be more than two (2) along the street where the dentist is practicing and shall be limited to the name of the dentist and an arrow.

SECTION 21. Announcement – The dentist shall use newspaper announcements only when opening a new clinic or when changing locations or limiting the character of his practice, provided that the nnot be larger than 2 column inches by 2 column inches and shall be within 30 days from the date of opening, change or limitation of practice.

21.1. Use of professional titles and degrees – The dentist shall use only the usual titles and academic degrees such as “Doctor”, “Dentist”, DOS”, DMD”, DDM”, in connection with the name or signature.

21.2. Telephone and other directories – The dentist may authorize the listing of his name in a telephone or other directory, provided that the listing shall NOT be in BOLD TYPES nor in BOX.

ARTICLE IV – Membership in Dental Association

SECTION 22. Membership and Financial Support – The dentist shall an active member of the Philippine Dental Association and the bonafide Dental Chapter of the Association within the area of his practice. His membership requires financial support in reasonable amount required by his Association.

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