February 26, 2020
On February 24, the Ministry of Health announced that the amended oral health regulations for dental hygienists, dental technicians, denturists and dentists were deposited with the registrar of regulations and are now in force. Read the Ministerial Order >>
This is a high-level description of the changes to the regulations. We intend to communicate with the other oral health colleges about the implications of the changes and will provide additional guidance in the near future.
Regulations are created by the government for each health profession governed under the Health Professions Act (HPA). Each regulation contains a scope of practice statement that describes what the profession does and how it does it, and a list of activities that outlines what members of that profession are authorized to do.
The amended regulations are in keeping with the Minister's desire to improve access to oral health services and to promote inter-professional, collaborative, team-based care and are intended to:
To build understanding among all members of dental team about how the changes affect each profession, below is a summary of key changes for dental hygienists, dental technicians, denturists and dentists.
Please note that regulations are hosted on the BC government's BC Laws website (see links below). As of February 26, the amendments described below are not reflected on the BC Laws website but will be shortly.
*Where additional clarity is needed, the colleges will work collaboratively to develop guidance for registrants. For example, the definition of “prescription" has been changed in the denturists and dental technicians regulation, and CDSBC is working collaboratively with the College of Denturists of BC (CDBC) and the College of Dental Technicians of BC (CDTBC) to develop interpretive guidelines around this new definition.
The services that dental therapists are authorized to provide are contained in Schedule D1 of the CDSBC bylaws (PDF, page 115).
The services that CDAs are authorized to provide are contained in Part 8 of the CDSBC Bylaws. For more information, see the interpretive document A Guide to CDA Services (PDF).
We are preparing additional communications to provide guidance to registrants on these amended regulations. In the meantime, any questions can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “regulations" in the subject line.