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Zubný asistent (Slovakia)

  • Proportionality information

    1. Have you examined whether the requirements under your national legal system are
    directly or indirectly discriminatory on the basis of nationality or residence?
       Yes, we have examined the requirements for pursuit regulated profession and we have concluded that our legal system does not discriminate anyone on the basis of nationality or residence.

    2. Which of the following overriding reasons relating to the general interest justifies the measure(s)?
    • Public health
    • Protection of consumers and recipients of services

    3. What specific risks or benefits have you identified that your measure(s) is designed to, respectively, minimise or maximise?

       Please try to be specific in describing the nature of the risks/benefits you have identified
       Where you have selected more than one overriding reason relating to the general interest in question 2 please be sure to address each of these in your response. Wherever possible please include evidence.

       A dental assistant  indiviually provides specialized services in the dentist ambulance such as care f the instruments and devices and administrative work related to the practice of the dentist profession, monitoring the patients´ dental-hygienic problems nd assisting the dentist during the treatment.  Unqualified practice is considered to be the biggest risk related to this profession. 

    4. How specifically do your measures operate to minimise the risk(s) or maximise the benefit(s) identified in question 3?

       When addressing this question please try to explain how the measures prevent the risks or guarantee the benefits.
       Where you have selected more than one overriding reason relating to the general interest in question 2 please be sure to address each of these in your response. Wherever possible please include evidence.

       The current measures minimalize the unqualified practice. Regarding the fact that the practice of health professions have a direct impact on the life and health of the patients, it´s regulation is inevitable. The measures ensures that the patients are provided with qualified, special health care. A person who wants to practice a health profession in Slovak Republic have to meet several requirements: full legal capacity, health capacity, professional capacity, clean record and the registration in the corresponding chamber.

    5. In so far as you are able, please provide information that you have gathered regarding the concrete effects of the measure(s).

       For example, through impact assessments or information gathered during implementation or review of a measure. Member States who have recently undergone reforms may in particular be able to contribute helpfully to this field. Where you are able to provide cost-benefit analyses this would be particularly valuable.
       Information on whether the measures indeed successfully prevented risks from being realised (e.g. the number of sanctions imposed, a drop in transgressions since the measure was introduced or consequences from previous modifications of the regulation) would equally be helpful.
       Where you have selected more than one overriding reason relating to the general interest in question 2 please be sure to address each of these in your response. You may also wish to include evidence on consumer satisfaction or other measurements of the impact.

        There is no relevant information on the concrete effects of the measures. In general there is a satisfactory protection of patients and other persons involved with the health care system.

    6. Is the general interest objective you indicated in question 2 pursued in a consistent and systematic manner?.

       In approaching your response to this question please consider examples where you have addressed similar risks for comparable professions, not necessarily within the same sector. Is the approach you have adopted in this particular profession comparable or distinct from such similar cases and why?

       Yes, the general interest objective is pursued in a consistent and systematic manner – the conditions applies to profession are listed in Act No. 578/2004 Coll. and Regulation No. 296/2010 Coll.

    7. Please explain in how far the degree of complexity or the nature of the activities
    which are reserved justify that these activities can be exclusively performed by professionals possessing a specific professional qualification?

       For example: when the tasks are essentially of a straightforward nature (such as preparing and printing pay slips etc.), or involve essentially the execution of instructions, specific professional aptitudes should not be required.

       Regarding the specific nature of the health profession and high demands on it´s practice it is necessary for only specialists who meet the qualification requirements stated in the question four can practice it. Apart from the professional capacity we also require clean record in order to ensure a fully ethical approach towards the patient.

    8. Where you have indicated several measures in place in the screening tab,
    have you reviewed the cumulative effect of all these measures on professional activities?

       If not, why not?
       If yes, please outline for us how you approached assessing this issue as well as the results and conclusions or any learning you drew from this. Where possible please include evidence.

       There is no evidence of an accumulative effect of our measures. We consider the measure defined in the act No. 578/2004 Coll. and regulation No. 296/2010 Coll. to be eligible and necessary.

    9. Have you considered the use of alternative mechanisms to achieve your objective(s)?
    • Other, please specify

       Please briefly explain. Where you have selected more than one option, please be sure to address each of these in your response.

       We are not currently considering the use of alternative mechanisms. In the act are clearly defined the conditions of professional capacity and the possibilities of further education of health workers. Regarding the high demands on the profession and it´s specific nature as well as the direct impact on the health of patients we are not considering it´s deregulation.

    10. Conclusion

       Following your internal examination of this regulated profession, which of the following have you concluded?

    •    Maintain current system

       Explain where relevant:

       The effort to maintain the current state with the qualification requirements clearly defined.

    11. Any other comments?
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