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Bill 70, Regulated Health Professions Amendment Act (Spousal Exception), 2013

Toronto | Nov 07, 2013

On Wednesday November 6, 2013 Bill 70, Regulated Health Professions Amendment Act (Spousal Exception), 2013 received Royal Assent. Bill 70 is a private members bill created to amend the Regulated Health Professions Act so that each health regulatory college has the authority to create a regulation that will permit it’s registrants to treat spouses.

The amendment to the Act allows colleges to decide whether or not they will allow the treatment of spouses and provides a definition of who meets the spousal criteria. Colleges will need to have a regulation in place if they intend to permit the treatment of spouses. The process for the development of a regulation is a lengthy one and will involve stakeholder consultation and government approval of the proposed regulation. The CDHO Council has not made the decision whether or not they will develop a regulation allowing dental hygienists to treat their spouses. Nothing has changed for CDHO registrants - the treatment of spouses is still not allowed. The CDHO will keep its registrants informed on this issue by updating the College website and through Milestones and the monthly e-Briefs.