Licensing, regulation, and international movement of oral health professionals (ohps)

Madhan Balasubramanian, Nicolas Giraudeau, Heiko Spallek, Osvaldo Badenier, Rodrigo J. Mariño

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Oral health practice is subject to specific laws and regulations. Clinicians need to be aware of a range of issues involving malpractice and complaints that impact on operations and the provision of health services to their patients. This chapter presents an overview of some of the licensing and regulatory practices for Oral Health Professionals (OHPs) around the world, including some specific examples from Australia and Chile, as case studies. The chapter also provides an overview of major areas of the law from a global perspective, with attention to oral health. The primary objective of these laws and regulations is the protection of the health and safety of the public. As the political and socio-demographic framework or conditions change, these guidelines, laws, and regulations should also evolve, but must continue to ensure high standards of safety in health service delivery.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCareer Paths in Oral Health
EditorsRodrigo Marino, Michael Morgan, Damien Walmsley
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9783319897318
ISBN (Print)9783319897301
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Oral health professionals
  • Licensing
  • Regulation
  • Oral Health


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