The authorization to practice the profession of dental surgeon in
private practice is subject to the production of a file deposited, in
duplicate, at the Council of the Order against a receipt and including
- an application stamped at the current rate;
-a certificate of nationality dated within three (3) months
- a certified copy of the birth certificate dated less than three (3)
-a certified copy of the diploma of doctor of dental surgery as well as a
certificate of presentation of the original diploma;
-an extract from the criminal record dated less than three (3) months;
- a certificate of registration on the roll of the Order issued by the
Council of the Order;
- a certificate of effective professional practice of at least two (2) years
at the date of the issued by a public administration or the employing
when the dental surgeon applies for a personal installation:
- a letter of agreement in principle to release issued by the last
employer, if applicable;
- a certificate of payment of all the contributions due to the Order
issued by the Council of the Order.
Unless there is a reciprocal agreement, a foreign dental surgeon
may only be authorized to practice in private practice in association
with a colleague of Cameroonian nationality who meets the required
In addition to the documents listed above, the dental surgeon of
foreign nationality shall produce in support of his application and
depending on the case, an authenticated copy of the association
agreement or an authenticated copy of the reciprocity agreement
established by the Minister for Foreign Affairs.
The procedure for approval of the file referred to in the paragraphs
above remains that provided for by Article 8 of the Act as mentioned above
No. 90-034 of 10 August 1990.
Any application obtained under the conditions provided for in Article 8
paragraph (4) of law n° 90-034 of 10 August 1990 mentioned above
shall be deemed null and void if it does not comply with in conformity
with the prescriptions of the health map.
The authorization to practice in private practice is personal and non-
It indicates the locality where the applicant is called upon to practice
It is granted to allow the applicant to work in a health facility or to open
a private health facility.
The authorization to practice must, under penalty of absolute nullity,
conform with the health card fixed by order of the Minister in
charge of Public Health.
The dental surgeon has twelve (12) months following the notification of
the decision or the entry into force of the decision when it is implicit, to
open his dental surgery to the public when he decided to create
one. After this period, and unless the Council grants an extension
by the provisions of article 38 of the aforementioned
law n°90034 of 10 August 1990, the authorization shall lapse.
The dental surgeon authorized to practice in private practice must, as
soon as notification of the decision of approval or the entry into force
of this one when it is before opening his dental surgery to the public,
submit to the Council of the Order a copy of the insurance policy
provided for in article 15 of the law n° 90- 034 of 10 August 1990
mentioned above. This policy covers the professional risks whose
nature is specified in the internal regulations of the profession. A
the receipt shall be given to the Council of the Order at the beginning of
each calendar year.
The provisions above shall also apply to professional non-trading
companies of dentists provided for in article 14 of the above-
mentioned law n° 90-034 of 10 August 1990.
When the dental surgeon considers that he has completed his dental
practice by the regulations in force, he shall inform the
Council of the Order, which shall in turn inform the Minister of Public
Health by any means in writing.
The Council of the Order and the Administration in charge of Public
Health has, upon notification of the completion of the work, a period
of thirty (30) days to visit the dental surgery before it opens to the
public. If at the end of this period, the Council of the Order and the
Public Health Administration has not come forward, and the dental
the surgeon may open his dental surgery to the public.
When the visit to the premises reveals that the installations do not
allow practicing the profession according to the minimum rules of the
art, the deficiencies are notified to the applicant who must remedy
The opening of dental surgery to the public is only authorized after
verification by the Council of the Order and the Public Health
Administration of the required modifications required.
The verification shall be carried out by the procedures
laid down in Article 23 of the law.
The issuance of the letter of agreement in principle to release is
compulsory when the applicant fulfills the seniority condition provided
for by the law.
The refusal by any employer to issue the letter of release, without a
a valid reason, to the applicant who requests it, without a valid reason,
may lead to sanctions against the offender, which may include the
withdrawal of the decision to exercise the profession.
Where the employer referred to in the preceding paragraph is a
professional partnership of dentists, a legal person under private law or
a religious medical organization, the latter shall be liable to
medical denomination, the latter shall incur sanctions which may go as
far as the closure of the health facility where the applicant works.
The release of the postulant is effective only from the day when, within
the time limit prescribed in Article 22, he can set up on his own
However, the Public Health Administration may, for imperative reasons
of service, postpone the date of release of an applicant employed by it,
without this postponement exceeding twelve (12) months.
The dental surgeon authorized to practice in private practice must
practice personally and effectively practice his profession. He may not
practice in more than one health facility at the same time.