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Observing Third-Party Exam Administration

Classification: Health

Regulatory Body

Royal College of DENTAL SURGEONS of Ontario

Royal College of DENTAL SURGEONS of Ontario


This practice will interest regulators who wish to improve their influence on third-party assessors.

The Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO) sends both public and professional members of Council to observe the objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) administered by its third-party assessor, the National Dental Examining Board (NDEB). This enables the RCDSO to obtain first-hand insight into the practices of the NDEB from a fairness perspective. This helps the RCDSO influence the NDEB's processes from a more informed perspective and is an example of how a regulator can best ensure that third-party assessment practices comply with fair-access principles.

Value to Regulator

  • Helps to ensure quality of qualifications assessment decisions. Assessment tools and processes measure what they intend to measure and yield consistent results.

Value for Applicants

  • Provides applicants with valid and reliable assessments

Duties from Registration Practices Assessment Guides

This practice falls under the following duties from the Registration Practices Assessment Guides:

  • Information for Applicants
  • Fairness

Profession's Membership Size

Medium (2,000 to 10,000 members)

Date of publication:

Apr 14, 2016