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Dental Technicians Amendment Act, No. 43 of 1997
To amend the Dental Technicians Act, 1979, in relation to the definitions; in order to provide for the recognition of the professions of dental technologist and clinical dental technologist; to constitute a new South African Dental Technicians Council and to make transitional arrangements therefor; to provide for the re-appointment or re-election of a member of that Council for one further term only; to provide for the extension of the acts which may be performed by a dental laboratory assistant; to provide for the registration of dental laboratory assistants; to provide for the direct billing of patients or medical aid schemes by dental technician contractors; to provide that a business in which acts specially pertaining to the profession of dental technician or dental technologist are performed, may be carried out by associations or juristic persons; to provide that a fine may also be imposed upon a conviction of misconduct; to increase penalties so as to cope with inflation; to amend certain obsolete references; to provide for the rationalisation of certain laws relating to dental technicians that have remained in force in the various territories of the national territory of the Republic by virtue of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996; and to provide for matters connected therewith.
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