The NDEB considers the integrity of its application and examination processes vital and expects all examinees to behave in ways that contribute to maintaining the security and reliability of these processes.

The information in this section is designed to help you by providing information and examples of behaviours that are unacceptable and considered misconduct.

What does it mean to compromise the integrity of the examination?

Compromising the integrity of the examination means that an applicant or examinee has demonstrated unethical behaviour such as cheating at any point in the application or examination process. The NDEB refers to all unethical behaviours as misconduct.

Why is the integrity of the examinations important?

The NDEB is accountable for ensuring that certificate holders are competent.

NDEB certification is required prior to registration as a general dentist in Canada. Obtaining NDEB certification means an individual has demonstrated that they have met the national standard for a beginning dental practitioner in Canada.

Examples of misconduct

Misconduct can occur at different stages in the application and examination process. The following are examples of behaviours that may be considered misconduct. This is not a complete list.

As an examinee, it is your responsibility to know what is allowed and not allowed before, during, and after an examination.

  • Providing false or altered credentials
  • Providing or obtaining access to unauthorized exam resources
  • Taking an exam for someone
  • Making notes of any kind in the exam room on material other than what is provided to you by the NDEB
  • Reproducing exam material in any form
  • Communicating about specific exam items before, during, or after an examination
  • Bringing prohibited items into an examination room
  • Removing test items from the examination room
  • Seeking an advantage over another examinee

What happens if you are accused of misconduct?

If an accusation of misconduct is reported to the NDEB, an investigation will take place. After the investigation, the accusation will either be dismissed or referred to the Examinations Committee.

It is the responsibility of the Examinations Committee to determine if the integrity of the examination has been compromised and determine the appropriate penalty.

Penalties include:

  • Assigning an overall grade of fail
  • Prohibiting an examinee from taking future NDEB examinations
  • Requiring completion of courses deemed appropriate in the circumstances
  • Other sanctions deemed appropriate in the circumstance

Reporting misconduct

If you see something, say something.

While we understand that it can be difficult to report misconduct, we need your assistance in ensuring the integrity of the NDEB processes. If you have something to report, we encourage you to contact our office. Reports can be anonymous.