New licence criteria for dentists, physicians

The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) have laid down the new licence criteria for medical practitioners.


Asma Ali Zain

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Published: Mon 26 Jul 2010, 12:02 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 2:55 PM

Dentists will have to go through proficiency in English and practical tests while physicians will be required to undergo surgical skills tests once the new regulations are rolled out.

The Health Regulation Department at the authority earlier this month distributed a draft document detailing new regulations for dentistry, seeking comments on the subject.

The document details the requirements for three different levels of dentistry including for interns, general and specialist dentists.

The new regulations will require candidates to be proficient in English language skills as many medical graduates come from a non-English speaking background and the level of English competency varies greatly, according to the document. “A high level of English language proficiency is essential to enable practitioners communicate with patients, other doctors and health professionals, and for the maintenance of professional standards,” reads the document. The authority has approved two language tests as proof including Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

According to the document, all candidates will be required to attend and pass an evaluation of their competency to practise though it says that the competency assessment framework is still being developed and will be published in due course.

The dentist licensure guidelines regulations are based on similar ones being followed by Dubai Healthcare City and Health Authority of Abu Dhabi.

Earlier this year, Dr Essa Kazim, CEO of Health Policy and Strategy at the authority had said that the changes were being brought about to “ensure patient safety and see if the surgeon or physician is fit to practise.”

Last month, the authority sounded a warning to health professionals after discovering that several were operating without a licence. Health professionals were warned of being blacklisted as well as being fined Dh5,000 if found working without a card.

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