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Registrant Survey on the Future of Oral Health Regulation
Harmonized Prescription Pads Available June 2021
Upcoming Board Meeting
Office Closure and Summer Hours

Registrant Survey on the Future of Oral Health Regulation

Last week, CDSBC invited registrants to participate in a confidential online survey regarding the future of oral health regulation in BC and how regulatory changes might impact your practice and the public.

This survey is an extension of the small group conversations that were conducted early this year. Survey responses will inform CDSBC's communications and engagement with registrants as amalgamation proceeds.

Please be sure to look out for the survey in your email.​

The survey is conducted by Pollara Strategic Insights, an independent market research company, on behalf of CDHBC, CDTBC, CDSBC and CDBC. 

​​CE Credit for Respondents

After completing the survey, registrants may claim one continuing education credit in the non-clinical category (select ‘live webinar’ modality) category. Submit now >>

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Harmonized Prescription Pads Available June 2021

A new harmonized Controlled Prescription Program (CPP) form will be available in June 2021. 

Dentists with a full, academic or restricted to specialty registration can prescribe drugs under the Health Professions Act. Dentists may need to administer drugs to provide treatment to a patient or a written prescription may be indicated afterwards.

As prescribers, dentists should familiarize themselves with the new prescription form to facilitate a smooth transition.

The creation of the new harmonized form brings together the two different duplicate prescription forms currently required to be used as part of British Columbia's CPP: the generic CPP form used for the majority of controlled prescriptions, and the methadone CPP form used to prescribe methadone for maintenance treatment.​​

The benefits the new harmonized CPP form include:

  • A consistent approach to writing prescriptions for all schedule 1A drugs
  • Increased patient access to opioid agonist treatment (OAT), as currently only prescribers of OAT have methadone CPP forms
  • Reduced administrative burden associated with ordering/printing of two pads for schedule 1A drugs

Although dentists do not provide OAT, dentists who prescribe restricted drugs will be impacted by this because the new harmonized pads are replacing duplicate prescription pads.

Preview of Harmonized Controlled Prescription Program Form

Note: The sample image of the new form below includes a red x over the section that does not apply to dentist prescribers, as they do not provide opioid agonist treatment.

View New Harmonized Controlled Prescription Program Form >>

Phasing Out Old Prescription Forms

When the new form is available, you may still provide prescriptions written on the current/old forms. It will take some time for prescribers to use up their existing supply of CPP forms and transition to the new form. More details on the phasing out of the current CPP forms will be provided as soon as it becomes available.


If you have questions about the implementation of the new harmonized CPP forms and what this means for you as a registrant, please email Stay up-to-date on this topic by visiting our Prescribing and Dispensing Drugs web page. ​

Prescribing and Dispensing Drugs

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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, which are posted following the meeting.

Learn more by reading the Public and Registrant Participation Policy.​

Board Meetings

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Office Closure and Summer Hours​

Staff Event

CDSBC will close at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, June 18 for a staff event. We will reopen at 8 a.m. on Monday, June 21.

Summer Hours

CDSBC summer hours are in effect from June 25 through September 3, 2021 as follows:

  • Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.*
  • Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

*Reception closes at 4:00 p.m. Monday - Thursday. ​

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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.