The Dentists Act, 1948

Act Number:16
Coming into Force:29 Mar 1948
Court:Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Record Number:194816
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THE DENTISTS ACT, 1948
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ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS
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CHAPTER I
INTRODUCTORY
SECTIONS
1. Short title and extent.
2. Interpretation.
2A. [Omitted.]
CHAPTER II
DENTAL COUNCIL OF INDIA
3. Constitution and composition of council.
4. Incorporation of Council.
5. Mode of election.
6. Term of office and casual vacancies.
7. President and Vice-President of Council.
8. Staff remuneration and allowances.
9. The Executive Committee.
10. Recognition of dental qualifications.
10A. Permission for establishment of new dental college, new courses of study, etc.
10B. Non-recognition of dental qualifications in certain cases.
10C. Time for seeking permission for certain existing authorities.
11. Qualifications of dental hygienists.
12. Qualifications of dental mechanics.
13. Effect of recognition.
14. Power to require information as to courses of study and training and examinations.
15. Inspection.
15A. Appointment of Visitors.
16. Withdrawal of recognition.
16A.Withdrawal of recognition of recognised dental qualification.
17. Mode of declarations.
17A. Professional conduct.
18. The Indian Register.
19. Information to be furnished.
20. Power to make regulations.
CHAPTER III
STATE DENTAL COUNCILS
21. Constitution and Composition of State Councils.
22. Inter-State agreements.
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SECTIONS
23. Composition of Joint State Councils.
24. Incorporation of State Councils.
25. President and Vice-President of State Council.
26. Mode of elections.
27. Term of office and casual vacancies.
28. Staff, remuneration and allowances.
29. Executive Committee.
30. Information to be furnished.
CHAPTER IV
REGISTRATION
31. Preparation and maintenance of register.
32. First preparation of register.
33. Qualifications for entry on first preparation of register.
34. Qualification for subsequent registration.
35. Scrutiny of applications for registration.
35A. Special provision for amending the register of dentists.
36. Registers of dental hygienists and dental mechanics.
37. Qualification for registration as a dental hygienist.
38. Qualification for registration as a dental mechanic.
39. Renewal fees.
40. Entry of additional qualifications.
41. Removal from register.
42. Restoration to register.
43. Bar of jurisdiction.
44. Issue of duplicate certificates.
45. Printing of registers.
46. Effect of registration.
46A.Transfer of registration.
CHAPTER V
MISCELLANEOUS
47. Penalty for falsely claiming to be registered.
48. Misuse of titles.
49. Practice by unregistered persons.
50. Failure to surrender certificate of registration.
51. Companies not to engage in dentistry.
52. Cognizance of offences.
53. Payment of part of fees to Council.
53A. Accounts and audit.
54. Appointment of Commission of Enquiry.
55. Power to make rules.
THE SCHEDULE
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THE DENTISTS ACT, 1948
ACT NO. 16 OF 1948
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[29th March, 1948.]
An Act to regulate the profession of dentistry.
WHEREAS it is expedient to make provision for the regulation of the profession of dentistry and for
that purpose to constitute Dental Councils:
CHAPTER I
INTRODUCTORY
1. Short title and extent.(1) This Act may be called the Dentists Act, 1948.
(2) It extends to
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[the whole of India
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2. Interpretation.In this Act, Unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context,
(a) the Council means the Dental Council of India constituted under section 3;
(b) dental hygienist means a person not being a dentist or a medical practitioner, who scales,
cleans or polishes teeth, or gives instruction in dental hygiene;
(c) dental mechanic means a person who makes or repairs denture and dental appliances;
(d) dentistry includes
(i) the performance of any operation on, and the treatment on any disease, deficiency or
lesion of, human teeth or jaws, and the performance of radiographic work in connection with
human teeth or jaws or the oral cavity;
(ii) the giving of any anaesthetic in connection with any such operation or treatment;
(iii) the mechanical construction or the renewal of artificial dentures or restorative dental
appliances;
(iv) the performance of any operation on, or the giving of any treatment, advice or attendance
to, any person preparatory to, or for the purpose of, or in connection with, the fitting, inserting,
fixing, constructing, repairing or renewing of artificial dentures or restorative dental appliances,
and the performance of any such operation and the giving of any such treatment, advice or
attendance, as is usually performed or given by dentists;
(e) dentist means a person who practises dentistry;
(f) medical practitioner means a person who holds a qualification granted by an authority
specified or notified under section 3 of the Indian Medical Degrees Act, 1916 (7 of 1916), or
specified in the Schedules to the
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[Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 (102 of 1956),]
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[or specified in
any other law for the time being in force in any State,] or who practises any system of medicine and is
registered or is entitled to be registered in any
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[State] medical register by whatever name called;
(g) prescribed means prescribed by rules or regulations made under this Act;
1. The Act has been amended in:
West Bengal by West Bengal Act 26 of 1959, Madras by Madras A.O. 1961 and Orissa by Orissa Act 20 of 1972.
The Act has been extended to:
Dadra and Nagar Haveli by Regulation 6 of 1963, s. 2 and the First Schedule., Goa, Daman and Diu by Regulation 11 of 1963,
s. 3 and the Schedule and comes into force in Pondicherry with modification by Regulation 7 of 1963, s. 3 and the First
Schedule. (w.e.f. 1-10-1963).
2. Subs. by the A.O. 1950, for “all the Provinces of India”.
3. The words “except the State of Jammu and Kashmir” omitted by Act 42 of 1972, s. 2 (w.e.f. 1-11-1972).
4. Subs. by s. 3, ibid., for “Indian Medical Council Act, 1933 (27 of 1933)” (w.e.f. 1-11-1972).
5. Ins. by Act 12 of 1955, s. 3.
6. Subs. by the A.O. 1950, for “Provincial”.

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