We are the professional representative body for dental technologists in Malaysia. The Malaysia
Dental Technologist Association (MDTA) seeks to promote the dental technologist profession and
maintains communication between the government and other key institutional authorities to develop
industry best practices. The MDTA is a member of the Asia Pacific Dental Technologist Federation.


To advance the professional standards of the art and science of the dental technologists to improve
the oral health of the public and to secure the future for the dental technologist profession.

The mission of the Malaysia Dental Technologist Association (MDTA) is to enhance business and
professional skills, encourage industry information exchange and raise the awareness level of industry
practices affecting the dental technologist profession and promote ethical professional practice
among its members.

Before achieving independence on August 31, 1957. Malaysia was under the colonisation of the
British. As a result of this historical background, the country’s political, economic, culture, education
and health-care system are, to a certain extent, are quite similar to that of the British.

The Dental Act promulgated by the British rulers in 1952 established clearer governance rules on
dentists while dental nurses and technicians were totally unrestricted by the Act.

During the mid-1950s, the British government founded dental nursing and dental technician
colleges (founded medical and dental schools in Singapore at the same time). Hence a standardize
training of dental professionals was established. Graduates of the three-year dental technology
training course (which was offered free of charge then) were assigned to serve in government
dental hospitals and clinics throughout the country.

At that time, in conjunction with the opening of markets, an increase in demand and less stringent
laws, private dental practices also implemented in-service training policies to meet rising demands.
Excellent dental technicians were produced under this particular cycle, providing services to a
majority of private dental practices.

In 1998, the Malaysia Ministry of Health proposed the Private Healthcare Facilities and Services Act.
Among the professionals covered by this Act are radiologists, medical laboratory professionals,
optical professionals, voice therapists, dental technicians and such. This proposal aroused a great
response from the public. Following a detailed study on the Act, professional bodies which were
involved submitted a memorandum to the ministry. It is understood that the initial proposal to
schedule for a third reading and subsequently a final passage through the Parliament in late
2002/2003 did not materialized as originally planned then.

I. Name : Malaysia Dental Technicians Association

(re-named as Malaysia Dental Technologist Association)

II. Year of foundation : 1953
III. Registration Date : 10th November 1955 in the Malaysian Registry of Societies
IV. Old Registration No : 946 Selangor
V. New Registration No : PPM-003-07-11101955
VI. Current No. of Members: 800 members