Officially recognize the profession of Denturist (or Clinical Dental Technologist. The Society prefers the globalized title of Denturist)

  • The Department of Health should amend both the Medical, Dental and Supplementary Health Professions Act, 1974 (Act 56 of 1974) to accommodate the implementation of this category, and the Dental Technicians Act, Act 19 of 1979 as amended in Act 43 of 1997, which made statutory provision for the introduction of Clinical Dental Technology. Consumer participation should be created in a transparent debate to amend and reconsider the definition and scope of practice of a CDT in view of Global tendencies and International Baseline norms and standards.
  • A Grandfather clause should be created that provides for an examination route for experienced denture manufacturers who are competent to provide dentures directly. They should further be engaged in a program of continuous education to ensure that the required academic knowledge is imparted. 
  • A debate of stakeholders should be engaged to make a decision as to which of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) or the South African Dental Technicians Council (SADTC) should become the Regulator to regulate the category of Clinical Dental Technologist/Denturist. Whatever the outcome, either or both, such Regulator must make provision in their regulations for the registration and training of this new category of Oral Health Professional to be regulated under an Act of Parliament as specified above.
  • Alternatively a Denturism Act could be written specifically for the practice of Denturism and to consolidate the related provisions in the various Acts and the promulgation of required regulations under one Statute.