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Being open to external assessment of governance

Classification: Health

Regulatory Body

Royal College of DENTAL SURGEONS of Ontario

Royal College of DENTAL SURGEONS of Ontario


This practice will be of interest to regulators who are exploring external assessment of their registration processes and/or governance.

In 2013, the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO) asked the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA) in the United Kingdom to review the RCDSO's performance against the PSA's Standards of Good Regulation.

PSA issued a report on the RCDSO's performance, which RCDSO published on its website. This was an independent assessment of how the RCDSO is performing in comparison with other regulators internationally.

This proactive approach to external assessment of its governance and processes demonstrates the RCDSO's openness towards improving and ensuring public accountability.

Value to Regulator

  • Helps to ensure adherence to published criteria, policies and procedures.
  • Helps to accommodate diverse needs of applicants.
  • Helps to improve communication with applicants.
  • Makes registration process more efficient and less complicated; timelines are improved, unnecessary steps are eliminated, use of resources is optimized.
  • Helps to ensure that the appeals process is efficient and effective.
  • Helps to prevent potential for unintended or differential impact on non-traditional applicants.

Value for Applicants

  • Helps applicants better understand the registration process and what to expect.
  • Resources and alternative ways to meet registration requirements are available to applicants.
  • Enables applicants to meet registration requirements in more efficient way; process is streamlined and registration requirements are relevant and fair.

Duties from Registration Practices Assessment Guides

This practice falls under the following duties from the Registration Practices Assessment Guides:

  • Transparency
  • Transparency

Profession's Membership Size

Medium (2,000 to 10,000 members)

Date of publication:

Aug 13, 2013