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Compulsory Malpractice Insurance Regulations

made under subsection 45(1) of the

Dental Act

S.N.S. 1992, c. 3

O.I.C. 94-486 (June 7, 1994), N.S. Reg. 97/94

as amended by O.I.C. 2006-485 (November 20, 2006), N.S. Reg. 211/2006


1     These regulations may be cited as the Compulsory Malpractice Insurance Regulations.

Section 1 added: O.I.C. 2006-485, N.S. Reg. 211/2006.


1A  In this regulation


                (a)    “Act” means the Dental Act, S.N.S. 1992, c. 3, as amended;


                (b)    “Board” means the Provincial Dental Board of Nova Scotia;


                (c)    “license” means a license for a dentist to engage in the practice of dentistry, issued by the Registrar under the Act;


                (d)    “malpractice insurance” means malpractice liability insurance;


                (e)    “Registrar” means the Registrar of the Board.

Section 1 renumbered 1A: O.I.C. 2006-485, N.S. Reg. 211/2006.


2     (1)    Subject to Section 3, every licensed dentist shall maintain malpractice insurance in an amount of not less than $3,000,000.00.

Subsection 2(1) amended: O.I.C. 2006-485, N.S. Reg. 211/2006.


       (2)    Subject to Section 3, every dentist applying for initial registration and licensing and every dentist applying for an annual license renewal shall satisfy the Registrar that he/she holds malpractice insurance in an amount not less than $3,000,000.00.

Subsection 2(2) amended: O.I.C. 2006-485, N.S. Reg. 211/2006.


3     Upon application by a dentist the Board may waive the requirement of either subsection (1) or subsection (2) of Section 2 hereof if the Board is satisfied that malpractice insurance is not required to protect members of the public.


4     A malpractice insurance policy referred to in Section 2 shall be issued by an insurer licensed to do business by the Superintendent of Insurance for the Province of Nova Scotia and approved by the Board.

Section 4 amended: O.I.C. 2006-485, N.S. Reg. 211/2006.


5     A malpractice insurance policy shall be valid for the entire licensing period and, upon request, a dentist shall satisfy the Registrar that his or her policy is valid.


6     Where a malpractice insurance policy is cancelled, the Registrar shall cancel the license held by the dentist named in the policy unless it is replaced by another malpractice insurance policy that meets the requirements of this regulation.