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2021 Board Election Nominations
Annual Renewal Deadline: March 1
Online Course Fees Waived Until December 31​
COVID-19 Update for Registrants
Registrant Engagement​
Are you Providing Home Testing Equipment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea?​​
Upcoming Board Meeting
Public Notice
Holiday Closure


2021 Board Election Nominations

Nominations

The nomination period for the CDSBC Board election is open through to March 11, 2021 at 4:30 pm PST. Key details related to the election, nominations process, and the changes to the Board are available here.

Voting

The voting period for the Board election will run from April 5-16 and will be online. All election materials are being sent by email; in order to ensure that your election ballot reaches you, it is important that we have your personal email address on file as your main email address. Log in now to update your contact information: www.cdsbc.org/login.

On April 5, you will receive an email from Simply Voting with instructions on how to vote. Simply Voting is a secure, third-party service. The results will be anonymous. It will not be possible for CDSBC to determine how an individual has voted.

Contact Us

Our website will be updated regularly as the election progresses: View the Board Election page>>

For specific questions, contact registrarsoffice@cdsbc.org

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Annual Renewal Deadline: March 1

This is a reminder that registrants must renew their registration or certification by March 1, 2021.

To renew, log in into your account, complete the required forms and pay your annual fee.

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. Learn more here.

Renew Now


Online Course Fees Waived Until December 31, 2021​

To reduce barriers to our registrants and support the need for physical distancing in order to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, the fee for CDSBC's online courses was previously waived until March 2021. However, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, this has now been extended through to December 31, 2021.

Our online course offerings include:

Online Courses


COVID-19 Update: Dentists Included in Public Health Order as B.C. Prepares for Widespread Mass Vaccinations​

The Provincial Health Officer has issued a new public health order to help enable the anticipated roll out of BC's health authorities' mass vaccination programs. The order allows for certain health professionals, including dentists and dental hygienists, to help deliver COVID-19 vaccines to British Columbians. The vaccination program will be directed by the individual health authorities, and will be overseen by the medical health officer for each geographic area.

The order is a legal document used by the Provincial Health Officer to temporarily expand the scopes of practice of various health professionals. It also sets out the limits and conditions, such as mandatory training, required in order to participate in the provision of the vaccine. At this time, there is no indication that the vaccine will be provided within dental offices.

You can read more about the order here. We will continue to provide further information to registrants as it becomes available.

Read the order here >>

Stay up-to-date on CDSBC's COVID-19 resources for registrants here >>

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Registrant Engagement​​

Thank you to everyone who responded to our recent engagement opportunities, namely the invitation to the small-group discussions on amalgamation and the registrant stakeholder mapping survey. We value your perspective and are working towards effective engagement with all of our stakeholders. The information gathered through both of these activities will inform how we connect with you going forward. ​​

More opportunities to engage will be communicated in the coming weeks and months.

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Are You Providing Home Testing Equipment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea?​

The treatment of obstructive sleep apnea requires interdisciplinary teamwork between dentists and medical practitioners.

Dentists who rent or provide home sleep apnea testing (HSAT) equipment to patients, through limited business corporations or otherwise, are reminded that the prescription or direction for the provision of overnight home sleep testing equipment must come from a registered medical practitioner. The Ministry of Health requires that anyone doing HSAT must be accredited by the College of Physicians and Surgeons' Diagnostic Accreditation Program (DAP).

Please take a moment to review CDSBC's Obstructive Sleep Apnea Standards and Guidelines >>

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CDSBC's next Board meeting will be held online on June 11, 2021.

The agenda and meeting package for the February 26 meeting are posted here >>

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 a re 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, which are posted following the meeting.

Learn more by reading the Public and Registrant Participation Policy.

Board Meetings


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Dr. Timothy Tam

Dr. Tam has signed two Memoranda of Acknowledgement and Undertaking with CDSBC, with respect to breach of a CDSBC standard in relation to sedation, as well as recordkeeping, informed consent protocols, patient relations and ethics. The Inquiry Committee determined both matters to be serious matters under the Health Professions Act (section 39.3).

Dr. Tam Notice


Dr. Stephen Raymund Torres

Dr. Torres has signed a consent order and admitted to professional misconduct in that, with respect to a number of patients, he: failed to develop an adequate treatment plan and/or conduct the necessary diagnostic assessments to do so; provided treatment without having first obtained and documented valid informed consent, including failing to provide a reasonable review of treatment options; and failed to maintain adequate patient records in accordance with CDSBC's expected standard for recordkeeping.

Dr. Torres Notice

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Holiday Closure​

CDSBC will be closed on Friday, April 2 and Monday, April 5 for the Easter long weekend. We will reopen at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, April 6.

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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.












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