Documents‎ > ‎

Role Of Council & College

Role of Council

The Newfoundland and Labrador Council of Health Professionals (NLCHP) is an independent body established by legislation under the
Health Professions Act (2010). The Council is responsible for governing the regulation of seven health groups designated under the Act.

These professions include:
  • Acupuncturists
  • Audiologists
  • Speech Language Pathologist
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Medical Laboratory Technologists
  • Midwives
  • Respiratory Therapists
The NLCHP, in consultation with the Colleges, is responsible for regulating all groups in the areas of registration, professional standards, quality
assurance, and discipline. The NLCHP, with two members from each of the professional groups and six public representatives shall act to:
  • support the quality and safety of health services;
  • enhance public protection;
  • improve patient safety and strengthen the regulatory system;
  • facilitate patient-centered inter-professional collaboration and care.

Role of the College

The Newfoundland and Labrador College of Dental Hygienists Inc (NLCDH) functions in union with the Council in regulating the practice of Dental Hygiene in this province.

The public is served and protected by the College by:
  • Approving a program of study and education for the purpose of establishing education requirements;
  • Developing entry to practice requirements for Dental Hygiene including annual renewal or re-certification requirements and continuing competency requirements;
  • Establishing a scope of practice;
  • Establishing standards of practice;
  • Developing a code of ethics;
  • Supporting dental hygienists in their delivery of high quality, safe and ethical care to the public of Newfoundland & Labrador.
It is not a teaching institution. It is a professional, self regulating body with the primary focus of serving and protecting the public interest.

The Chair of the College and one other elected member of the College represent the College as members of the Council and assist the Council in carrying out its duties under the Health Professions Act.