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   29 June 2016 


Deadline to Comply with Bylaw 12 (Advertising and Promotional Activities) is 1 January 2017
​NEW: Interpretive Guidelines for Bylaw 12 (Advertising and Promotional Activities)
​Amendment to Patient Relations Bylaw Approved
Policy Development Process Approved
June Board Meeting Highlights
​AGM Webcast and 2015/16 Annual Report
Practice Tip: VELscope® – It can't think for you
​Discipline Notice: Anonymous Dentist
​Now Hiring: CDA Certification Assistant
​Next Board Meeting: 24 September 2016
​Potential Canada Post Labour Disruption
​Holiday Closure and Summer Hours

Deadline to Comply with Bylaw 12 (Advertising and Promotional Activities) is 1 January 2017

In October 2015, the Board approved the revised Bylaw: Part 12 (Advertising and Promotional Activities). The deadline for registrants to bring their promotional material into compliance with the bylaw has been set for 1 January 2017. During the transition period, the bylaw will not be enforced for material created prior to 12 October 2015. New promotional material must comply with the revised bylaw.

Read Bylaw 12

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NEW: Interpretive Guidelines for Bylaw 12 (Advertising and Promotional Activities)

The Ethics Committee has produced interpretive guidelines to accompany the revised bylaw and provide guidance for registrants. The guideline document was approved by the Board at the June 2016 meeting. ​

Read the interpretive guidelines

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Amendment to Patient Relations Bylaw Approved

The Board approved the proposed amendment to Bylaw 13.03 (patient relations) that removes spousal treatment from the definition of "professional misconduct of a sexual nature."

The amended bylaw reads as follows: "It is not professional misconduct of a sexual nature to provide dental services to one's spouse; rather, that is a matter of professional ethics involving (a) patient autonomy; (b) free, full and informed consent by the patient; and (c) objectivity of care on the part of the practitioner.

The text above was posted for public consultation, with minimal feedback received. The Ministry of Health has accepted the amended bylaw for filing and advised that it will come into force on 19 August 2016.

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Policy Development Process Approved

The College has been working with a public engagement specialist to help strengthen the way policy is developed. The Board has approved the draft policy development process was developed over a number of months and involved interviews, a workshop, webinars and an online survey. Feedback from the consultation was incorporated into the final document. ​

Manuals to assist the Board and committees in implementing the framework are in development. 

Learn more

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June Board Meeting Highlights

A summary of the June 2016 Board Orientation and Meeting is available on the CDSBC website. Official records can be found in the minutes.

Click on the topic below to view that item.

​Day 1: Board Orientation/Strategic Pre-Planning Session

Day 2: Board Meeting

Board Highlights

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AGM Webcast and Annual Report

The 2016 Annual General Meeting took place Friday, 10 June 2016 at SFU Harbour Centre in Vancouver. This year, we added the option to attend via webcast and submit questions via email. Watch the video at the link below.

AGM Video

The 2015/16 annual report provides an overview of the College's activities, committee updates, and the audited financial statements. Read the report at the link below. 

​​2015/16 Annual Report

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Practice Tip: VELscope® – It can't think for you

In this practice tip, Dr. Meredith Moores describes things to consider when using a VELscope to assist in the diagnosis of oral cancer. The VELscope can act as an aid to oral cancer diagnosis for general practitioners; however, it should not be used as a "stand alone" diagnostic tool and patients need to understand that it is not a definitive diagnosis. Read this practice tip for more information about the appropriate way to use VELscope screening. ​

Practice tip

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Discipline Notice: Anonymous Dentist

The investigation of a complaint made by an insurance company against a dentist raised serious ethical concerns and identified a pattern of inappropriate billing. The dentist admitted to misconduct and paid $200,000 to the insurer for overbilled amounts. The dentist is currently not practising, and is unlikely to return to practice due to health concerns. View the detailed notice below.

Discipline notice

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Now Hiring: CDA Certification Assistant

The College is seeking a full-time permanent CDA Certification Assistant to join the Registration Department. View the job posting at the link below.


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Next Board Meeting: 24 September 2016

The first meeting of the 2016/17 Board will be 8:30 am on Saturday, 24 September 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 655 Burrard Street, Vancouver (34th Floor, "English Bay Room").

To ensure adequate meeting materials and seating, observers should RSVP to Nancy Crosby, Manager of the CEO's Office, at no later than 2 September 2016. 

Board meetings

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Potential Canada Post Labour Disruption

Canada Post has advised that a legal work disruption could occur as early as 2 July 2016. If a labour disruption takes place, mail and parcels will not be delivered.

While most correspondence can take place via other means such as email, there are some items where we require original, notarized documents. We have created a web page to post updates about the possible labour disruption, which includes email addresses and information about how particular types of correspondence should be sent.

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Holiday Closure and Summer Hours

The College will be closed on Friday, 1 July for Canada Day. We will reopen at 8:00 am on Monday, 4 July 2016.

​CDSBC summer hours are in effect from 24 June to 26 August 2016 as follows:

  • Monday – Thursday: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
  • Friday: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

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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.