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Action Plan Progress
Ministry of Health Consultations
Clarification on Basic Life Support for Sedation Team
CE Deadline Reminder
​Annual Renewal Reminder
​Is your Contact Information Up to Date?​​
​New Date: Upcoming Board Meeting​​​
​​​College Events​​​​
Office Closure​​​


Actio​n Plan Progress​

CDSBC is currently working to deliver on our 32-item Action Plan submitted to the Minister of Health. The Action Plan was created in response to a formal directive from the Minister in response to Harry Cayton’s performance review of CDSBC. The Action Plan reflects CDSBC's commitment to the safety of patients and the public, and to strong governance, transparency and accountability.

We have recently released a new report on the progress of our Action Plan. The report provides a visual perspective of the progress that has been made on the Action Plan.​​​
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Ministry of Health Consultations

The Ministry of Health is currently running two consultations. registrants and the public are invited to provide feedback directly to the Ministry.


​Learn more
​Proposed amendments to the regulations for dentists, dental hygienists, denturists and dental technicians
​December 2, 2019
​Proposed changes to modernize provincial health regulatory framework
​January 10, 2020

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C​larification on Basic Life Support Certification for Sedation Team​

Further to our September 27 communication to registrants, clinical staff who are part of the sedation and/or general anaesthetic team are required to have current Basic Life Support (BLS) level certification

CDSBC's expectation is that clinical staff on the sedation team hold current BLS certification as defined by the course provider. It is up to the registrant to determine whether the course meets CDBSC's requirements (see below) and that your certification is valid.

We recognize that there is a broad range of BLS course content and the course offerings are not consistent among providers. To provide clarity, the College will accept any BLS course that is designed for healthcare professionals, and that:

  • Includes bag-valve-mask training (airway management)
  • Has a hands-on component (courses entirely online are not acceptable)
  • Has a certification length of not longer than 24 months

Note that CPR Level C is not acceptable for sedation and/or general anaesthesia clinical staff.

If you are uncertain about the validity of your certification, we recommend contacting your training provider.

Please note that the related standards and guidance documents will be updated in the coming months to reflect all of these changes.

Basic Life Support (BLS) level certification replaces the previous CPR-HCP (Health Care Provider) requirement.

Questions? Contact Ruby Ma, Sedation Program Coordinator, at

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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Annual Renewal Reminder​

You are required to renew your 2020/21 registration or certification by March 1, 2020.

It is every registrant's responsibility to renew by the deadline. Renewal opens on January 9, 2020 and is to be done online by logging into your account, completing the forms and paying yo​ur annual fee.

Registrants must ensure the following is current:

New this year: the renewal notice will be emailed to you on January 9, 2020 rather than mailed as in past years. Please be sure to regularly check your emails for news from CDSBC.


Is Your Contact Information Up to Date?

Email has become CDSBC's primary form of contact with registrants. Communications circulated by CDSBC are important sources of information about regulation for dentists, dental therapists and certified dental assistants. You are responsible for reading this information.

Please note that in early 2020, registrants will be sent their Annual Renewal Notice and the Notice of Election via email only and it is important that you receive these notices. Emails from CDSBC may contain important information directly related to your registration, so please take a moment now to ensure that we have your personal email address on file as your main email address.


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.

All registrants and the public are welcome to participate at Board meetings and submit questions 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. To read the minutes from our June Board meeting, see the Board minutes page.

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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.

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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.