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Voice of Patient Survey
2021 CDSBC Board Election
Drug Programs: Harmonized Prescription Pads
Upcoming Board Meeting
Holiday Closure

Voice of Patient Survey

As part of our Action Plan, the College is seeking to make better use of patient information to measure our performance. We are now launching a “Voice of Patient” research program, beginning with a survey of up to 2,000 B.C. residents that asks about their experiences as dental patients, and about their perceptions of how dentistry is regulated. Smaller surveys will be conducted on a regular basis. Collecting data from patients and the public in this way will inform our communications and engagement activities and will provide us with new insights on the effectiveness of our public protection efforts. ​

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2021 CDSBC Board Election

The 2021 CDSBC board election took place from April 5 to April 16, 2021.

For the first time in the College's history, the board election was held online. This was also the first year that all practising certified dental assistants, dental therapists and dentists exercised their ability to vote for all elected board member positions (following Bylaw changes made in 2019).

Voting Results: Certified Dental Assistant Position

Cathy Larson has been re-elected as a CDA member to CDSBC’s Board for a three-year term. Ms. Larson served on the Board for two previous terms, and previously sat on a number of CDSBC committees.

Dentist Positions

Acclaimed: Dentist Position (three-year term)

Dr. Richard Wilczek has filled the first dentist position by acclamation*. Dr. Wilczek previously served on the board for one term and has been a dentist for over 40 years.

*Candidates are acclaimed when only one eligible individual has been nominated for a vacant board position.

Recruitment of Dentist Board Member Underway (one-year term)

CDSBC's Appointments Committee will recruit and recommend an eligible dentist to the Board for the second dentist position. The Appointments Committee will use the board composition matrix as a tool to assess competencies with a view to recruiting candidates with diverse experiences, backgrounds and perspectives that will support strong decision making in the public interest.

CDSBC is governed by a 12-member Board composed of one dental therapist, two CDAs, three dentists, and six public members.

More Information

The start date for all three positions is July 1, 2021.

For specific questions, contact​

Board Election Web Page

Drug Programs: Harmonized Prescription Pads

Harmonized prescription pad for drugs requiring duplicate prescriptions and methadone coming this summer.

The Controlled Prescription Program is a joint initiative of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC, the BC College of Nurses and Midwives, the College of Pharmacists of BC, the College of Dental Surgeons of BC, the College of Veterinarians of BC and the Ministry of Health, which is tasked with preventing forgeries and reducing inappropriate prescribing of selected drugs.

The Controlled Prescription Program recently completed a project to harmonize the controlled prescription duplicate pad and the methadone pad to streamline prescribing for registrants. Once implemented, all drugs requiring a duplicate prescription can be prescribed using the single harmonized pad. The Controlled Prescription program Advisory Committee is currently working on the rollout timeline for the new pads and aims to have them available by June 2021. Prescribers will no longer need to order and use separate pads and can look forward to a simpler prescribing process.

Further details are forthcoming.


Read CDSBC's Prescribing and Dispensing Drugs Standards and Guidelines >>

CDSBC's last Board meeting of the 2020/21 board year will be held online on June 11, 2021.

We are unable to have the public and registrants attend online board meetings; however, meeting agendas include a standing time designated for public/registrant comments and questions. Meeting packages are posted on the website approximately one week before the meeting and questions/comments related to the agenda are invited in advance of the meeting via the Board question submission form. The responses to any questions from the public or registrants will be indicated in the meeting minutes.

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Holiday Closure​

CDSBC will be closed on Monday, May 24 for Victoria Day. We will reopen at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, May 25.

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This Contact News is distributed to registrants and stakeholders of 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.