This month CDSBC submitted a letter to the Minister of Health confirming completion of the Action Plan. This marks a multi-year journey to accomplish 32 action items in response to the report by Mr. Harry Cayton following his inquiry into the administration and operation of CDSBC. The letter highlights CDSBC's accomplishments through the implementation of action items and demonstrates how completion of the plan has put the organization in an optimal position to move forward with modernization and the creation of a single oral health professions regulator.
The completion of CDSBC'S Action Plan concludes a period of regulatory transformation and we are celebrating a renewed focus on patient safety through these improvements in governance, transparency and accountability.
Although we have built the framework required to address all items outlined in our Action Plan, our work in this area will continue indefinitely: the regulatory landscape will continue to evolve, and regulatory modernization efforts are ramping up at the provincial level. Regardless of what comes next, our promise is that, above all else, we will ensure public safety remains at the forefront of every decision we make.
This is an open invitation to join us at CDSBC's virtual annual meeting on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 from 4:30 - 6 p.m. CDSBC also distributed an email invitation to all registrants and stakeholders earlier this week.
This meeting will be hosted online using LiveStorm. To receive the link and instructions for joining the meeting, please register via the button below. For further details including speakers, activities and technical information, visit the Annual Meeting webpage; this page will be updated as information becomes available.
The annual meeting will include time for questions about CDSBC's public protection activities, efforts to enable registrants to provide safe and quality care, and other topics within CDSBC's mandate.
For more information, read our Public and Registrant Participation Policy.
As COVID-19 continues to circulate in our communities, we anticipate that COVID-specific guidance for oral health care providers in BC will remain in effect until the pandemic is resolved.
Registrants will be advised of any updates to the guidance document, Oral Health Care During Phases 2 and 3 of the COVID-19 Response. This document is under review to ensure it contains the information that oral health care providers need to continue providing safe care. An updated version will be issued following the release of the Ministry of Health's updates to their guidance document for allied health care providers in clinic settings (release date has not been announced).
On September 13, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix announced upcoming orders that will mandate proof of full vaccination for health care workers, volunteers and contractors in BC's acute and community care sectors. These orders will take effect on October 26. This announcement follows a previous order for residential care staff to be fully vaccinated by October 12.
This mandate applies to dental professionals who are employed or contracted with a provincial health authority. It does not apply to dental professionals working in privately owned practices.
Registrants whose continuing education (CE) cycle ends on December 31, 2021, and who have not yet met the minimum requirements for renewal still have time.
If you have unsubmitted CE credits that you have already completed, please submit them now. CDSBC accepts CE credit submissions via the online portal, email, or by mail. Submission instructions are outlined on the CE Submission webpage.
CDSBC's variety of online courses are currently offered at no charge to help you earn credits before the deadline. Visit cdsbc.org/courses to learn more.
Unsure if you meet the requirements? Log in and review your transcript for missing credits.
For further information and/or assistance, please email CE@cdsbc.org, or call 604-736-3621 (toll free 1-800-663-9169).
CDSBC's next board meeting will be held online on November 26, 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.
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Recognizing Canada's National Day for Truth and ReconciliationThursday, September 30 is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. CDSBC staff have been invited to attend events and educational opportunities that build our understanding of the legacy of residential schools and inspire action that advances reconciliation and promotes cultural safety and humility. As a result, we will be operating at reduced service levels.
We will be closed on Monday, October 11 for Thanksgiving. We will reopen at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, October 12
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