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   24 March 2016 


Video: President Tobias Discusses CDSBC Mandate and Policy Development
Open Consultation: Proposed Changes to CDSBC Patient Relations Bylaw
Candidates for the 2016/17 Board Election
Call for Volunteer Scrutineers for 2016/17 Board Election
Coming Soon: CDSBC Policy Development Webinar and Survey
Exit Surveys Introduced for Complaint Files
CDA Sedation Assistant Designation
Dentists: Ensure Your CDAs Hold Current Certification
Dispensing of Non-Prescription Medications by CDAs Standard Approved
New: Online Minimal and Moderate Sedation Standards Course
Practice Tip #4: Charging Patients for Missed Appointments
​Submit Your CE Credits from the Pacific Dental Conference
​Notice of Annual General Meeting: 10 June 2016

Video: President Tobias Discusses CDSBC Mandate and Policy Development

CDSBC President Dr. David Tobias speaks about the College’s mandate and describes the process for developing policy in a video for registrants (running time 2:32).

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Open Consultation: Proposed Changes to CDSBC's Patient Relations Bylaw

The consultation on the proposed amendment to CDSBC’s patient relations bylaw is open until 27 May 2016. The Board is seeking to amend the bylaw so that spousal treatment would not be included in the definition of “professional misconduct of a sexual nature.” For more information about the consultation and instructions for submitting feedback,  please email or click the link below.

Patient relations bylaw

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Candidates for the 2016/17 Board Election

The following Board positions have been filled by acclamation:

  • Dentist, UBC Faculty of Dentistry – Dr. Andrea Esteves
  • Certified Dental Assistant Ms. Sabina Reitzik

An election will be held on 26 May 2016. The candidates for each position are as follows:


  • Dr. Don Anderson
  • Dr. Erik Hutton


  • Dr. Susan K. Chow
  • Dr. Hank Klein
  • Dr. Mark Spurr


  • Dr. David Baird
  • Dr. Patricia Hunter
  • Dr. Jan Versendaal

Dentist, District 1 (Fraser Valley):

  • Dr. Alexander Hird
  • Dr. David Lim
  • Dr. S. Masoud Saidi

Dentist, District 4 (Vancouver):

  • Dr. Ben Balevi
  • Dr. Michael Flunkert

Dentist, Certified Specialist:

  • Dr. Douglas W. Conn
  • Dr. Kerim M. Ozcan

Election packages will be mailed to eligible dentists by 21 April 2016. Ballots must be received by the Registrar no later than 4:30pm on Thursday, 26 May 2016 in order to be eligible to be counted in the election. For more information including eligibility requirements, key dates and deadlines, please click the link below.

Board election

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Call for Volunteer Scrutineers for the Board Election

Our Election Trustee, Dr. David Lawson, is looking for volunteer scrutineers to assist with the counting for the 2016/17 Board election. The election count is scheduled for Thursday, 26 May 2016 at 5:00pm at 103 – 1765 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver.

To volunteer please contact Dr. David Lawson at by 
8 April 2016

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Coming Soon: CDSBC Policy Development Webinar and Survey

The College is working to strengthen the way we develop policy. Our goal is to produce policy that both serves and protects the public and is attuned to the realities of the profession.

We are consulting with the Board, registrants and other stakeholders about our policy development process. We will be hosting a webinar about the process on Tuesday, 12 April at 6:30pm and a second webinar may be added at a later date. We will also be sending out an online survey to gather your input and ideas.

Please stay tuned for more details about the upcoming webinar and survey.

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Exit Surveys Introduced for Complaint Files

We are pleased to announce that we are implementing exit surveys for complaint files closed after 1 March 2016. Registrants and complainants will now be asked to complete a survey, which will help us assess and improve the complaint process. The surveys are being professionally developed and administered by the external research company, Pivotal Research Inc. 

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CDA Sedation Assistant Designation

CDAs who have successfully completed a recognized dental sedation assistant program will have their designation recognized by the College effective March 2016. Sedation designation and the program attended will appear on CDA profiles in the Registrant Lookup and on renewal cards.

Please log in to your account to verify your information. If you have sedation assistant training and your designation does not appear on your certification, please send us a confirmation of your completed course and we will manually update your information.

You can submit your confirmation of sedation training

  • By email: (Subject: Sedation Designation)
  • By mail: CDSBC at 500 - 1765 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver BC, Canada V6J 5C6
    (Attn: Registration)

Note: We do not keep records for continuing education credits. Registrants who no longer have a copy of their certificate will have to request the certificate of completion from the issuing institution.

Log into your account

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Dentists: Ensure Your CDAs Hold Current Certification   

An email was sent to practising dentists on 9 March 2016 with a list of the names of CDAs whose certification has lapsed. All registrants should be aware that any CDAs who are practising, but not currently certified, are in contravention of the Health Professions Act and the CDSBC Bylaws. Dentists are responsible for ensuring that their staff have appropriate registration.

Dentists are reminded to ensure that their CDAs have current certification by checking that any CDAs in their office are listed on the Registrant Lookup.

Below are links to the names of CDAs whose certification is lapsed as of 18 March 2016:

Learn more

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Dispensing of Non-Prescription Medication by Certified Dental Assistants Standard Approved

We have had inquiries about whether or not CDAs are permitted to dispense medication. The new document Dispensing of Non-Prescription Medications by Certified Dental Assistants outlines when dentists can delegate and supervise CDAs in the dispensing of non-prescription medication. The document was published for consultation at the beginning of the year, approved by the Board at the February meeting and is now a standard for the profession.

Read the document

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New: Online Minimal and Moderate Sedation Standards Course

CDSBC presented an Overview of CDSBC's Updated Minimal/Moderate Sedation Standards during the Thompson Okanagan Dental Society's annual conference. The presentation was filmed and turned into an online course for registrants.

The course focuses on the safe administration of sedation in dental practices and outlines the requirements set out in the Minimal and Moderate Sedation Standards. The course was presented by Dr. Michael Henry, DDS, Certified Specialist, and Krista Fairweather, BSc, RN, CDSBC Sedation Program Coordinator.

Registrants who would like one continuing education self-study credit must successfully complete and submit the post-test (applicable fee + taxes) to CDSBC.

Take the course

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Practice Tip #4: Charging Patients for Missed Appointments

Read the latest practice tip from staff dentist Dr. Garry Sutton. In this tip, Dr. Sutton identifies things to consider when charging a missed appointment fee and gives recommendations for finding a satisfactory solution with your patient.

Read practice tip #4

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Submit Your CE Credits from the Pacific Dental Conference

If you attended the Pacific Dental Conference, you should submit your continuing education (CE) credits online by logging into your account on the CDSBC website. Although your badge may have been scanned, the PDC does not submit CE credits on your behalf. Please ensure your submissions are accurate and truthful.

Submit your CE credits

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Notice of Annual General Meeting: 10 June 2016

CDSBC’s 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held at 8:30am on Friday, 10 June at the Joseph and Rosalie Segal Centre, Rooms 1420 – 1430 at SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver. This AGM will also be webcast and available to view across the province.

For those who would like to attend in person, please RSVP to by Friday, 20 May to ensure adequate seating and materials.

Full schedule of board meetings

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This Contact News Bulletin is distributed to registrants for the College of Dental Surgeons of BC. It is one of CDSBC's official methods of notification to its registrants. Registrants are responsible for reading College publications to ensure that they are aware of current standards, policies and guidelines.