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9 1985



Preliminary and General

Short title.

1. —This Act may be cited as the Dentists Act, 1985.


2. —In this Act—

auxiliary dental worker” means a member of a class of dental workers established under a scheme made by the Council pursuant to section 53 of this Act;

the Council” means An Chomhairle Fiaclóireachta or the Dental Council established by this Act;

the Dental Board” means the Dental Board established under the Dentists Act, 1928 ;

establishment day” means the day appointed to be the establishment day under section 4 of this Act;

Fitness to Practise Committee” means the committee established by the Council under section 13 (2) (b) of this Act;

full registration” means registration other than temporary registration and “fully registered” shall be construed accordingly;

the Medical Council” means Comhairle na nDochtúirí Leighis established by the Medical Practitioners Act, 1978 ;

Member State” means a state, other than the State, which is a member of the European Economic Community;

the Minister” means the Minister for Health;

practice of dentistry” means the performance of any operation and the giving of any treatment, advice, opinion or attendance which is usually performed or given by a dentist and includes the performance of any operation or the giving of any treatment, advice or attendance on or to any person preparatory to, for the purpose of, or in connection with, the fitting, insertion, or fixing of artificial teeth;

the register” means the Register of Dentists established under section 26 of this Act;

registered dentist” means a person whose name is registered in the register;

registered medical practitioner” means a person whose name is entered in the General Register of Medical Practitioners established under the Medical Practitioners Act, 1978 ;

Register of Dental Specialists” means the register referred to in section 29 of this Act;

the Registrar” means the chief officer of the Council;

retention fee” means a fee payable by a person entitled to be registered in any register maintained by the Council for the retention of his name in that register;

temporary registration” means registration by virtue of section 28 of this Act and “temporarily registered” shall be construed accordingly.


3. —This Act shall come into operation on such day or days as may be fixed therefor by order or orders of the Minister either generally or with reference to a particular purpose or provision and different days may be so fixed for different purposes and different provisions of this Act.

Establishment day.

4. —The Minister may by order appoint a day to be the establishment day for the purposes of this Act.


5. —The Dentists Act, 1928 , and the Dentists (Amendment) Act, 1983 , are hereby repealed.