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The College

The Alberta College of Dental Hygienists (ACDH) is the regulatory body for the dental hygienist profession in Alberta.

The College

A regulatory college’s job is to protect the public from unsafe practice and hold registrants of the profession accountable for the care they provide.

A college’s authority is granted by the Government of Alberta under the Health Professions Act (HPA). The HPA is the legislative framework through which regulatory colleges partner with government to establish standard processes for registration, continuing competency, complaints and discipline. The HPA also requires provision of professional standards of practice and codes of ethics.

Through these processes and provisions, the HPA ensures that health professionals maintain high standards of competency, safety and ethics, and provide Albertans with safe, high quality care.

The HPA requires that colleges carry out their governance responsibilities in a manner that protects and serves the public interest. This is unlike professional associations, which usually work to advance the interests of a profession or its members.


Our Mandate

To ensure Alberta dental hygienists have the knowledge, skills, attitude, and judgment to provide safe, effective, ethical and beneficial oral healthcare services to the Alberta public.

Our Purpose

We are committed to supporting all Albertans in their health and wellness journey through the achievement of oral health regulatory excellence.

Our Vision

We are leaders in proactively advancing regulation and protecting the public through the provision of safe, quality oral health for all Albertans.

Our Values

Accountable – We value individual and organizational accountability by accepting responsibility for our decisions and actions.

Transparent – We are committed to open and clear policies, procedures, and communication.

Collaborative – We value collaboration to create new ideas, enhance opportunities, and build relationships.

Integrity – We promote an environment of trust by demonstrating consistent, fair, and honest communication and behaviour.