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Information to work in this country is available from

Council for the Professions Complementary to Medicine (CPCM)
SLH - OPD (Level 1)
St. Luke's Square
G'Mangia, Malta

Procedures and/or documents that are necessary to be able to work in this country

Registration with CPCM and work permit (for non EU citizens). A Diploma or first degree in Dental Hygiene that meets the Maltese standard of training. If the professional qualification is not obtained from an Accredited Institution in Malta, a letter must be issued from the Malta Qualifications Recognition Information Centre, certifying that the Institution from where the professional qualification is obtained is duly accredited and indicating the level of the qualification in accordance to the Malta Qualifications Framework. This must be forwarded to the Council for the Professions Complementary to Medicine (CPCM) for registration.

Official licensing body in the country

Council for the Professions Complementary to Medicine (CPCM)

Special conditions that may apply for hygienists that obtain employment

Hygienists practice under 'clinical supervision'.

Must be proficient in both Maltese and English (Maltese is a requirement in the Public sector).

Contact for Work Permit and/or Visa

The Maltese Embassy/Consulate in the country of residence.

If you are not a citizen of an EU country, you need an employment license in order to be able to work in Malta. EU nationals [except citizens of Croatia], EEA and Swiss nationals do not require an employment license (work permit) to work in Malta. Non EU citizens need to apply for a work permit from the Employment and Training Corporation (ETC).

Is a job offer required before a Work Permit/Visa is issued?


Main local and/or official language(s)

Maltese and English are both official languages.

Are hygienists qualified overseas required to sit the country's national examination?

The CPCM assesses every non local qualification on a case by case basis after evaluation of transcript and considering evidenced work experience.

Information on the local working environment

The majority of dental hygienists are employed in the public sector although a handful are employed in private dental practices (general or specialist) on part time basis.

Standard tasks that a hygienist is allowed to undertake in the country

The Dental Hygienist can:

  • Perform Scaling and Polishing of teeth, that is to say the removal of deposits, accretions and stains from the surfaces of the teeth which are exposed or which are beneath the free margins of the gums, including the application of medicaments, solutions, varnishes, gels and fissure sealants appropriate thereto.
  • Perform subgingival scaling including comprehensive root surface debridement, which may involve infiltration anesthesia together with placing of antimicrobial agents when necessary.
  • Monitor periodontal disease by using current indices.
  • Treat patients under conscious sedation or under general anesthesia provided a dentist is present throughout the treatment.
  • Participate in Dental Health Education in the principles and practice of oral hygiene on individual and group basis of all ages inclusive of professional personnel. They provide detailed oral hygiene and dietary advice.
  • Develop a home care plan for individual patients to maintain oral health.
Country Statistics
Total Population 421,230
Number of Dental Hygienists, Female / Male 15 / 6
Number of Dentists 230
Number of Dental Hygiene Schools / Students per year 1 / 7*
Practicing Dental Hygienists: Full-time / Part-time 12 / 3
Number of Dental Hygienists in private sector / public sector 4 / 14
Number of Dental Hygienists practicing as Clinicians 14
Number of Dental Hygienists practicing as Educators 4
Hygienists practicing as Administrators and/or Consultants 1
Number of Dental Hygienists in other practice settings 0

*BSc Dental Hygiene Course just restarted after 23 years – there are 7 students at present 4 of which are expected to graduate in 2015.

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NOTE: The information provided above is for general guidance only. The International Federation of Dental Hygienists advises all hygienists to contact the country's relevant licensing bodies and agencies for current information and regulations.

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