The regulatory framework for
complaint investigation and discipline is the same for all health professions
regulated under the HPA.
The College complaints process under
the HPA is generally unchanged, including the use of alternate dispute
resolution mechanisms and remediation. Specific requirements are discussed in Part 10 of the
CDSBC Bylaws, which must be read in conjunction with Part 3 of the HPA.
The new Discipline Committee
(replacing the former Inquiry Committee under the Dentists Act)
has the ability to reprimand a registrant; suspend or cancel a registrant's registration; and impose other sanctions.
The HPA requires the College to publicly disclose the outcomes of disciplinary proceedings that result in actions taken against dentists or certified dental assistants, including the name of the registrant, the action taken, and the reason for the action. Individuals making a complaint must be notified of the outcome.
The College will withhold information when a registrant has an ailment or addiction and their privacy outweighs the public interest, or where the complainant could be publicly identified.
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