Disciplinary Committee orders maximum fine for dentist who used unapproved qualification

SINGAPORE - A Disciplinary Committee has ordered that a dentist be fined the maximum of $50,000 for having used a qualification which had not been approved.

In a media statement issued on Friday (Dec 4), the Singapore Dental Council (SDC) said that it had held a Disciplinary Inquiry against Dr Myles Edward Holt for having used a qualification which had not been approved by the body and was not entered in the Register of Dentists in respect of him.

The qualification was used when he had issued a ceritificate to a participant at a training course here in June 2014 and the matter was heard before the Disciplinary Committee in October 2015.

At that time, Dr Holt was a registered dentist and also the head trainer and director of a private education business, the Australasian Academy of Dento-Facial Aesthetics.

Dr Holt pleaded guilty to the charge and the Disciplinary Committee ordered that he be fined the maximum fine of $50,000.

He was also ordered to reissue all certificates previously issued by him without the unapproved qualification, and provide the SDC with evidence that he had done so.

The Disciplinary Committee also stated that SDC determines what qualifications are acceptable and may be approved. By doing so, it maintains the standards which are acceptable to the dental profession in Singapore, the press release said.