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Higienista oral (Portugal)

  • Generic name of profession

    Dental hygienist
  • Identification

    Name of regulated profession:
    Higienista oral
    Oral hygienist (EN)
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  • Legal information

    Legal basis for regulation

    EU Law :
    National legislation:
    Decreto-Lei n.º 320/99, de 11 de agosto
    Useful link:


    Type of regulation :
    Reserves of activities


    Recognition under:
    DIRECTIVE 2005/36/EC
    Additional information :
    Recognition under Directive 2005/36/EC:
    General system of recognition - primary application
    Qualification level:
    PS3 - Diploma of post-secondary level (3-4 years) , Art. 11 d
    Prior check of qualifications under article 7(4):
    Justification for Article 7.4:

    Concerning the actual regime to access the  technical professions for diagnosis and therapy, as is set in Decree-Law N.º  320/99, of 11 August, this diploma regulates and defines the general principles regarding the performance of diagnostic and therapeutic professions. Under this diploma it is only allowed access and exercise the diagnostic and therapeutic professions the ones who holders the training individuals mentioned in paragraph 1 of Article 4.

    Since there are requirements that must necessarily be met, such as the case of obtaining higher academic degree, the verification thereof becomes necessary, through a documentary analysis, required for the issuance of the respective Professional cards.Thus it seeks to safeguard the constitutionally guaranteed principle of health protection and, on the other hand  to discipline the professionals rules and give assurances that held training is suitable for the exercise of these professions

  • Activities

    Description of activities:
    Realização de atividades de promoção da saúde oral dos indivíduos e das comunidades, visando métodos epidemiológicos e ações de educação para a saúde; prestação de cuidados individuais que visem prevenir e tratar as doenças orais.
    Conducting activities to promote oral health of individuals and communities for epidemiological methods and actions of health education, providing individual care to prevent and treat oral diseases. (EN)
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