Regulatory Requirements

In this page, you will find information for a new or existing outpatient dental service licensee on the outpatient dental service regulations and licence conditions, its applicable specified services and the allowable modes of service delivery, requirements to be a clinical governance officer and licence fees.

Please note that in addition to the requirements set out here, an outpatient dental service licensee is also required to comply with the Healthcare Services Act 2020, the General Regulations, Advertisement Regulations, Fees Regulations and the Code of Practice for Key Office Holders. More information on the legislative requirements may be found in the Summary of Requirements.

When is an Outpatient Dental Service licence needed?

You will require an Outpatient Dental Service licence if you:

a. Perform any procedure and treat any disease, deficiency, deformity, malposition or lesion on or of the outpatient’s teeth or jaws or associated structures, whether intraorally or extraorally

b. Perform radiographic work in connection with the outpatient’s teeth or jaws or associated structures.

c. Administer an anaesthetic in connection with any procedure on the outpatient’s teeth or jaws or associated structures.

d. Perform any procedure on, or give any treatment, advice or attendance to, an outpatient as preparatory to, or for the purpose of or for or in connection with, the fitting, inserting, fixing, constructing, repairing or renewing of dentures or dental appliances.

e. Perform any procedure and give any treatment, advice or attendance as is usually performed or given by dentists.

f. Provide any other healthcare service that is incidental to the provision of a healthcare service mentioned in paragraphs (a) to (e), including:

i. The conduct of any simple in vitro diagnostic test on the outpatient; and

ii. The conduct of any ultrasound imaging on the outpatient.


For the legal definition of an Outpatient Dental Service, please refer to the First Schedule of the Act.

Applicable Specified Services and Mode of Service Delivery

Mode of Service Delivery
Permanent PremisesTemporary Premises ConveyanceRemote
Licensable Healthcare ServiceOutpatient Dental Service  *
Specified ServiceDental Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT)    

*Remote provision of Outpatient Dental Service can only be offered in conjunction with another mode of service delivery (e.g., permanent premises).