Contraindications Regulation Resources

On September 22, 2023, CDHO’s Council rescinded the Standard for Authorization to Self-Initiate Profession-Specific Acts, effective immediately. Since 2007, Registered Dental Hygienists who wished to self-initiate the controlled act of scaling and root planing needed to apply for authorization from CDHO. This will no longer be the case.

RDHs can now perform the controlled act of scaling and root planing on their own initiative without needing to be authorized by CDHO. However, the requirement that none of the contraindications listed in the Contraindications Regulation are identified before or during the dental hygiene treatment continues. Clearance from a physician or dentist is required if any contraindications are present or if there is any doubt as to the accuracy of the client’s medical or oral history. Read the full news item.

Support to RDHs

CDHO has developed a webinar and case scenarios to reinforce RDHs’ understanding of the Contraindications Regulation [aussi disponible en Français]. View a written copy of the webinar.

The following resources are also available:

If you have any questions about this change or the Contraindications Regulation, please do not hesitate to reach out. You can contact one of our Practice Advisors:

Carolle Lepage, RDH, BEd
416-961-6234 or 1-800-268-2346 x 226

Tasneem Pirani, RDH
416-961-6234 or 1-800-268-2346 x 266