College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario
The College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario regulates the practice of dental hygiene in the interest of the overall health and safety of the public of Ontario.

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Safe Care

Continuing Competency

The regulatory colleges’ role is to assure that the public is receiving safe, ethical, effective and high-quality care. All dental hygienists are required to participate in the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario’s Quality Assurance Program.

As self-regulated health professionals, dental hygienists are expected to:

  • maintain their professional responsibility to their clients
  • apply the College’s standards of practice, code of ethics, and regulations to their dental hygiene practice
  • improve their level of competency through ongoing education
  • keep quality assurance records
  • be accountable for their actions


The Quality Assurance Committee

The Quality Assurance Committee is responsible for monitoring the continuous competency of dental hygienists.

They do this by:

  • doing annual reviews of quality assurance records
  • reviewing practices and client care outcomes
  • prescribing learning programs if gaps in performance are found