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All dental practitioners practising in Malaysia are governed by the Dental Act 1971.

The Dental Act 1971 is :-



‘ An Act to consolidate and amend the law relating to the registration and practice of dental practitioners and for national purposes to provide for certain provisions with regard to a period of service in the public services after registration as a dental practitioner; and to make provision for purposes connected with the aforesaid matter. '


The 1971 Act gave much-awaited recognition to the profession. It allowed for the establishment of the Malaysian Dental Council (MDC) that functions as the regulatory body for the dental profession. Under the Dental Act 1971, every dental practitioner must be registered with the Malaysian Dental Council (MDC) and practitioners are required to obtain an Annual Practising Certificate (APC) in order to legally practise dentistry in Malaysia.

Applicants with degrees from Universities listed in the Second Schedule of the Dental Act 1971 can apply directly to the MDC.

However if you are holding a qualification listed in Section 12(3), Section 12(9) or other than those listed in the Second Schedule, please contact us for further information.


Last Update: 4th February 2021


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