Last fall, the Office des professions du Québec (OPQ) proposed new so-called “final” guidelines for its regulatory review of oral health professions in Quebec. These guidelines were posted on December 18, 2018, on the site of the Ordre des dentistes du Québec (ODQ), the government’s only conversation partner representing dentists in this matter.

On April 23, the ODQ published a press release presenting its proposals for improving the oral health of Quebecers [in French]. Among other things, the ODQ “demands that a bill based on the latest proposal of the Office des professions from November 2017 be tabled immediately. The ODQ also suggested a few amendments that it would make to the bill while approving the general principles, including the introduction of prescriptions in the delegation of acts, the autonomy of dental hygienists and the modernization of the Dental Act” [Our translation].

We disagree with the ODQ’s demand. How can we argue for the immediate tabling of a bill when there is no consensus between the oral health professionals concerned on the guidelines proposed by the OPQ?

With this question and many others from our members in mind, we carefully examined the OPQ’s guidelines and commented on them. We invite you to read the Contact Express that resulted from this examination. It is meant to inform you of the ins and outs of this important issue for the future of our profession.

We hope that it will be useful to you and convince you of the importance of discussing this matter as soon as possible with the ODQ board member for your region.

Serge Langlois, DDS