Recommendations for Addressing Indigenous-specific Racism and Discrimination in B.C. Health Care
Annual Renewal Fees
The Board has approved the registration fees for 2021/22. There will be no fee increases for registrants in 2021/22. This decision to hold fees at last year’s level took the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic into consideration. The amended schedule of fees has been filed with the Ministry of Health.
The CDSBC Bylaws require registrants to renew your 2021/22 registration or certification by March 1, 2021.
You will be notified by email when the online renewal system opens on
January 8, 2021. To renew, log in into your account, complete the forms and pay your annual fee.
Registrants must ensure the following is current:
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 at
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Registrants whose continuing education (CE) cycle ends on December 31, 2020, and who have not yet met the minimum requirements for renewal in the new year still have time.
If you have credits that you have not yet submitted to the College, please do so now. If you have submitted credits that do not appear on your transcript, please resubmit them. If your transcript shows credits as “under review," this means you need to provide supporting documentation or proof of attendance.
Submit your CE credits online at cdsbc.org/login, or by email (email@example.com) or mail (refer to footer).
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 CE@cdsbc.org.
Important note: Rest assured that as long as the eligible course was taken on or before December 31, 2020, those credits will be added to your 2018-2020 CE cycle.
Still need credits?
CDSBC is seeking ways to reduce barriers to our registrants and support the need for physical distancing in order to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. For those needing additional credits, CDSBC's variety of online courses are currently offered at no charge to help you earn CE credits before the deadline. Visit www.cdsbc.org/courses to learn more.
Extension of self-study maximum removal
In April, we announced that the maximum allowed for the self-study modality of learning for certified dental assistants, dental therapists, and dentists would be waived until the end of the calendar year to make it easier for registrants to meet their continuing education requirements. As the pandemic continues, the self-study maximum removal has been extended for an additional year through to December 31, 2021.
This temporary removal of the self-study maximum will provide registrants the opportunity to grow their dental knowledge through online courses in order to meet their CE requirements while complying with the overarching physical distancing expectations from public health officials
November 24: Mask Mandate
On November 24, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry issued the order that British Columbians will wear masks in all indoor public spaces:
“Workers and customers must wear masks in indoor public and retail spaces (except when eating or drinking), and in workplace common areas, including elevators, hallways, group or break rooms, kitchens and customer counters."
Read the joint statement >>
Learn about the order >>
Under the November 24 order, a patient (or anyone else) visiting a dental office would be expected to wear a mask regardless of their ability to maintain 2 m of distance. The mask does not need to be medical grade (non-medical masks for patients and visitors are acceptable).
For guidance on all aspects of care please refer to the joint document for oral health care providers developed by the four oral health colleges:
Oral Health Care During Phases 2 and 3 of the COVID-19 Response.
Province-wide PHO Restrictions (Effective December 7 through January 8)
Measures for COVID-19 prevention were introduced by order of the Provincial Health Officer on November 19. All individuals, places of work and businesses in B.C. are instructed to significantly reduce their level of social interactions and travel.
The report from Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond's independent investigation into Indigenous-specific racism in B.C.'s healthcare sector was released on November 30, 2020.
The following recommendations contained in the report will have direct implications for CDSBC as a health regulatory body:
The College of Dental Surgeons will take definitive action to respond to the recommendations in this investigation. We will make the necessary changes in all aspects of our regulatory functions in order to dismantle systemic racism.
At its November 20 meeting, the CDSBC Board approved the development of progress targets for board members, committee members and staff (in recognition that CDSBC is a signatory to the Declaration of Commitment to Cultural Safety and Humility), and the development of a strategy to ensure a culturally safe experience for Indigenous people who contact CDSBC.
Adobe will no longer be supporting Flash Player after December 31, 2020. CDSBC has updated our
More Tough Topics, and
Dental Recordkeeping online courses so that they will no longer rely on Flash as of December 31, 2020.
Anyone who is partway through one of these CDSBC online courses should complete it prior to December 31, 2020 to avoid losing your progress when the system changes over.
Adobe will block Flash content from running in Flash Player beginning January 12, 2021 and Adobe strongly recommends all users immediately uninstall Flash Player to help protect their systems. Learn more on Adobe's website
The next Board meeting will be held online on February 26, 2021.
We are unable to have the public and registrants attend virtual board meetings; however, meeting packages are posted on the website approximately a week before the meeting and questions related to the agenda are invited in advance of the meeting via the
Board question submission form. Meeting agendas include a standing time designated for comments and questions from the public and registrants. Learn more by reading the
Public and Registrant Participation Policy. The responses to any questions from the public or registrants will be indicated in the meeting minutes, which are posted following the meeting.
For more information and the dates of upcoming board meetings, see the
Board meetings page on the website.
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CDSBC will be closed for the holiday break from noon on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 until 8am on Tuesday, January 5, 2021*.
*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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