The College of Alberta Denturists was established as the regulatory body for the profession in Alberta, upon proclamation of the Denturists Profession Regulation, under the Health Professions Act (HPA), on September 1, 2002. This established self-regulation of denturists in Alberta.
Prior to this time, denturists were governed by the Dental Mechanics Act (1961). This proclamation legalized the profession of dental mechanics in Alberta and established the Certified Dental Mechanics Society. Alberta was the first jurisdiction in Canada to legalize this profession. Under the Dental Mechanics Act, dental mechanics were regulated by the Board of Examiners for Certified Dental Mechanics. This regulatory body was administered throughout the years, by various Alberta Government departments.
Initially, dental mechanics were allowed to provide only complete denture treatments directly to the public. With amendments to the Dental Mechanics Act over the years, practice was expanded to such as to provide partial denture treatments and the title of denturist was established.
The HPA was proclaimed in Alberta. This Act gives regulatory authority to the health regulatory Colleges in Alberta. The HPA requires all Colleges to establish and maintain a Codes of Ethics and Standards of Practice for the profession they regulate. It also establishes a framework for professional conduct matters and continuing competence requirements.
The College of Alberta Denturists was established as the regulatory body for the profession in Alberta, upon proclamation of the Denturists Profession Regulation, under the HPA, on September 1, 2002. This established self-regulation of denturists in Alberta. Subsequently, in 2009, the Alberta government put forth an amendment to the Denturists Profession Regulation.
Currently, an individual may only provide denturist services and call themselves a denturist, if they are registered with the College and have been issued a valid practice permit.