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Providing clarity about a "good character" requirement

Classification: Health

Regulatory Body

Royal College of DENTAL SURGEONS of Ontario

Royal College of DENTAL SURGEONS of Ontario


This practice clarifies the interpretation of "good character" and the rationale for its disclosure to the regulatory body.

In its registration information, the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO) provides guidance for applicants about its requirement for "good character" and related conduct.

The RCDSO explains its obligation to protect the public by asking questions and obtaining documentation on past or present conduct which an applicant might consider private and personal. It provides common examples to help applicants understand the type of disclosure it may require.

RCDSO tells applicants that investigations for this requirement may lengthen the time it takes for registration. It also informs applicants that a disclosure and an investigation do not mean the applicant will be denied registration.

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.
  • Helps applicants be better informed about status of their application.
  • Helps applicants better understand assessment of qualifications process and results of assessment.
  • Helps applicants to understand what to expect to be licensed before coming to Canada.
  • 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:

  • Fairness
  • Transparency

Profession's Membership Size

Medium (2,000 to 10,000 members)

Date of publication:

Apr 25, 2013