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2020/21 Renewal
Annual Renewal Reminder
Digital Impressions Are not a Restricted Activity
Ministry of Health Consultation Closes January 10
Penalty Decision: Dr. Bin Xu​
​New Date: Upcoming Board Meeting​​​
​​​College Events​​​​
Office Closure​​​

2020/21 Renewal

The Board has approved registration fee increases for 2020/21 and submitted the amended fee schedule to the Ministry of Health for filing. ​

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Annual Renewal Reminder​

The CDSBC Bylaws require registrants to renew your 2020/21 registration or certification by March 1, 2020.

You will be notified by email when the online renewal system opens on January 9, 2020. To renew, log in into your account, complete the forms and pay your annual fee. You will not receive a hard copy notice of renewal.

Registrants must ensure the following is current:

  • Liability insurance (dentists only)
  • Quality Assurance requirements (continuing education and continuous practice hours) are up-to-date
  • Contact information

Criminal Record Check: CDSBC automatically submits a CRC application on your behalf every 5 years. If your 5 year criminal record check is in process and you have recently been contacted by the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General and asked to provide additional information for your criminal record check, you must submit proof to CDSBC that you are complying with their request in order to finalize your renewal. If you have any questions about this, please contact CDSBC staff.

Digital Impressions Are not a Restricted Activity​

When the current College Bylaws were enacted in 2009 under the Health Professions Act, the rapid development in digital imaging and related software applications was not anticipated. As such, the College's interpretation of Bylaw 8.06(2)c has evolved. The making of a digital image (to be used as an electronic impression) is not a restricted activity and can be performed by anyone in the dental office.

The authorization and supervision by a dentist of a certified dental assistant is required for any analog impression and occlusal record (e.g. alginate, polyvinyl siloxane, etc.). Making digital impressions is low risk to the patient, in contrast with the risk involved in the making of an analog impression or occlusal record (e.g. aspiration or swallowing of impression material; soft and hard tissue trauma from metal or plastic tray; tray becoming locked in mouth when impression material sets). Regardless of the modality, the dentist is ultimately responsible for determining whether the final image or impression is of appropriate quality for its use going forward.

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Ministry of Health Consultation Closes January 10

The Ministry of Health is currently running a consultation regarding proposed changes to modernize the provincial health regulatory framework. Registrants and the public are invited to provide feedback directly to the Ministry. The closing date is January 10, 2020.

Penalty Decision: Dr. Bin Xu

A panel of the CDSBC Discipline Committee issued a penalty decision immediately cancelling the registration of Dr. Bin Xu. He must pay a fine of $50,000 and $48,117 towards the costs of CDSBC's investigation.

He is not permitted to apply for reinstatement for five years. If he does apply, he will be required to complete all years of a general dentistry program and complete the National Dental Examining Board examination.

In the event that Dr. Xu is reinstated with the College, the panel imposed further conditions on his dental practice, including supervision, and he is not allowed to directly or indirectly participate in billing or receive fees for services.

Dr. Xu failed to participate in the penalty decision, despite being asked to provide submissions.

CE Deadline Reminder

Registrants whose continuing education (CE) cycle ends on December 31, 2019 and who have not yet met the minimum requirements for renewal next year still have time.​

If you have credits that you have not yet submi​tted to the College, please do so now. Submit your CE credits by online at, or by email ( or mail (refer to footer).

For those needing additional credits, CDSBC offers a variety of online courses, which can help you earn CE credits before the December 31 deadline. Visit to learn more.

For further information and/or assistance, please call Melody Edgett, CE and Registration Assistant, at 604-736-3621 (toll free 1-800-663-9169) or email

Please note: due to high volumes of submissions, it may take up to three weeks for each submission to be processed.

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New Date: Upcoming Board Meeting​

A new date has been scheduled for the next Board meeting, starting at 10 am on Friday, March 20, 2020 at the Terminal City Club in Vancouver. If you wish to participate as an observer, please RSVP to Nancy Crosby (, Manager of the CEO's Office by March 12, 2020 to ensure adequate seating.

Questions can be submitted to the Board using our Board question submission form. A meeting package will be posted on the website one week before the meeting. For more details see the Board meetings page on the website.

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College Events

The College often hosts and participates in various events throughout the year. Visit our events page for an up-to-date listing and registration information.​


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Office Closure​

The office will be closed from noon on Friday, December 20, 2019 for the holidays. We will reopen at 8 am on Monday, January 6, 2020.

In the event of a critical incident, an emergency involving patient safety, or for registrants with health concerns, please call 604-736-3621 and press 7 to reach the Registrar's Office.​

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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.