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 22 June 2017


New Course: More Tough Topics
Advisory Notice: Sedation Training Company
Registrants Share their ideas at Listening Sessions
Recent Feedback on Quality Assurance
2016/17 Annual Report
Annual General Meeting
​Upcoming Board Meeting

Final Notice: Consultation on Bylaw 12 (Advertising & Promotional Activities)

Canada Day Holiday Closure

New Course: More Tough Topics​

The College's newest course - More Tough Topics in Dentistry - is now available online. This interactive course provides guidance to help you prevent problems before they begin, and solutions for what to do if/when things do go wrong. It includes four modules: informed consent, interpersonal difficulties, billing, and wellness. The course is eligible for three CE self-study credits and is relevant to all members of the dental team.

Take the Course

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Advisory Notice Re: Sedation Training Company

The College has been notified that a company providing training in dental sedation is providing incorrect information about the inspection process for moderate sedation.

The company's website wrongly states that the College has begun inspections of practices providing moderate oral or IV sedation and that "many practices have been found to be non-compliant and are having to suspend their delivery of sedation to patients until all deficiencies are corrected." This company is offering to inspect practices at a cost of $999.

If your practice provides moderate sedation, here is what you need to know:

  • The College's inspections of moderate sedation facilities have not yet started.
  • Only practices that provide moderate IV (parenteral) sedation will be inspected.
  • Information about how to meet the requirements are set out in the document Minimal and Moderate Sedation Services in Dentistry, and detailed checklists will be provided to facilities affected by this change.
  • Any shortcomings will be addressed on a case-by-case basis and the company's claim that the College has been imposing numerous immediate suspensions is false.
  • Despite the offer being made by this company, an inspection provided by a third party (that is, someone other than the College) does not result in facility approval. Only the College can grant approval following an inspection, and all information regarding inspection criteria will be available to registrants and the public on the College website.

We regret any inconvenience or anxiety this information has caused our registrants.

If you have questions, please contact Natasha Tibbo, Sedation Program Coordinator, at or at 604-736-3621.

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Registrants Share Their Ideas at Listening Sessions

Find out what registrants have to say about topics such as corporate dentistry, sedation dentistry and how the Quality Assurance (QA) program should be improved. Listening Session summary reports are now available for the four sessions held in Victoria, Surrey, Nanaimo and Nelson. ​ 

We want you to join the discussion. Attend one of our fall listening sessions scheduled for Vancouver and Kelowna. Registration and topic information will be available soon.​

​Vancouver Listening Session
Monday, 25 September 2017

Kelowna Listening Session
Thursday, 19 October 2017

View the listening session summaries

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Recent Feedback on Quality Assurance

The College recently held two webinars that offered younger dentists and certified dental assistants the opportunity to join the conversation on QA. The webinars were designed to collect input from these groups, both of whom were under-represented at the listening sessions. Participants responded to questions such as: What is the best way to maintain and improve your clinical skills and dental knowledge? How do you obtain CE credits? Should specific courses be required for registrants?  

You can read their responses to these questions in the webinar reports on the College website. These will be considered by the working group that will be recommending improvements to the QA program.​

View the listening session summar
Read the Reports

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2016/17 Annual Report

The 2016/17 annual report is now available online. Copies will also be available in hard-copy at the AGM (see below). The annual report provides an overview of the College's activities, committee updates, and the audited financial statements for the 2016/17 year.

Read the Annual Report

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Annual General Meeting

The 2017 Annual General Meeting will take place tomorrow - Friday, 23 June at SFU Harbour Centre in Vancouver. The AGM will also be webcast and available to view across the province from our website. Please note that only registrants who attend the AGM in person will be able to vote. Time will be set aside after the formal portion of the meeting to allow registrants to ask questions (via email and in person).

For the agenda and more details, visit the events page on our website

AGM info & webcasts

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September Board Meeting

The next board meetings are:

Saturday, 24 June 2017
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
The Hyatt Regency Hotel, Grouse Room, 34th Floor
655 Burrard St. Vancouver  

Saturday, 23 September 2017
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
The Terminal City Club, "President's Room"
837 West Hastings St. Vancouver  

Meeting packages will be provided to those who have sent an RSVP to Nancy Crosby, Manager of the CEO's Office at

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Final Notice: Consultation on Bylaw 12 (Advertising & Promotional Activities

This is a reminder that the College has posted proposed amendments to Part 12 of the bylaws dealing with advertising and promotional activities. The proposed changes are limited to qualifications, continuing dental education, titles and designations as laid out in sections 12.08 – 12.11.

Under the current bylaw, references to qualifications, continuing dental education, titles or designations other than specifying whether the person is a general dentist or certified specialist are restricted or prohibited entirely. The proposed change allows for them to be made, provided they are in unabbreviated form and include the year, the jurisdiction, and the name of the granting organization.

You are invited to submit your comments before Wednesday, 12 July 2017 to (please put "Bylaw 12" in the subject line).

Visit the consultation page for more information

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Canada Day Holiday Closure

Our office will be closed on Monday, 3 July for Canada Day. We will reopen at 8:00 am on Tuesday, 4 July 2017.

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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.