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Code of Ethics

Denturists are responsible for conducting themselves ethically in all professional practice situations. To help Denturists determine the most appropriate ethical actions, the College of Denturists of Ontario (CDO) has developed a Code of Ethics. Its principles and standards guide the members of the profession in fulfilling the College’s mandate to serve and protect the public by putting patients first.

The commitment to ethical practice helps to ensure public trust and the integrity of the profession.

The Code of Ethics applies to all registered Denturists, students and interns, and is also relevant to all those who aspire to be members of the College.

The CDO also has a Code of Conduct that governs all members of its Council and Committees.

The CDO’s Code of Ethics

Preamble

Denturists are a self-regulated profession. The profession is regulated by the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA), Denturism Act, 1991, associated Regulations and the By-laws of the CDO. This status obliges them to act competently and ethically in the practice of their profession. They shall maintain recognized standards of care while observing professional values. Their commitment to such practice shall ensure public trust, collaboration with their colleagues, and integrity and dignity of the profession.

1. Ethical Obligations to the Individual Patient

Ethical Denturists shall:

  1. Practice only within the limits of professional and personal competence, in surroundings that shall not compromise the quality of care offered.
  2. Act with personal integrity.
  3. Render care to those who seek it, without discrimination based on race, culture, age, gender or religion.

2. Ethical Obligations to the General Public

Ethical Denturists shall:

  1. Claim only qualifications properly attained, possessed and up to date.
  2. Comply with all governing legislation as it applies to the profession of Denturism.
  3. Endeavor to improve the standards of Denturist services within the community.

3. Ethical Obligations to the Profession

Ethical Denturists shall:

  1. Conduct themselves with dignity to bring honour to the profession.
  2. Bring their practice to public attention only in accordance with the professional standards within the applicable legislation, regulations or by-laws.
  3. Encourage continuing professional and public education regarding Denturism and assist in the education of new members of the profession.
  4. Recognize that ongoing professional research is necessary to advance Denturism.

4. Ethical Obligations to Professional Colleagues

Ethical Denturists shall:

  1. Not judge fellow practitioners, their qualifications or the procedures they use except as may be required in the interest of the health of patients.
  2. Work collaboratively with other practitioners in the terms of patient care.

5. Ethical Obligations to the College of Denturists of Ontario

Ethical Denturists shall:

  1. Comply with the Code of Ethics, By-laws, Standards of Practice, Policies and Guidelines approved by the CDO.
  2. Report unprofessional conduct of Denturists to the Registrar.
  3. Co-operate and assist the CDO in its professional work and its regulatory requirements.