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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The notice period ended as of May 11, 2020

Amended bylaws were filed with the Ministry of Health and are in force effective July 28, 2020

Notice of Proposed Amendments to Bylaw Parts 2 (College Board) and 4 (College Committees and Panels)

Posted February 11, 2020

The Board of the College of Dental Surgeons of BC (CDSBC) has approved amendments to Parts 2 and 4 of the CDSBC bylaws dealing with the College Board and College committees and panels.

The proposed bylaw amendments will allow the College to deliver on its Action Plan to the Minister of Health. Comments on the proposed bylaw amendments are welcome before May 11, 2020.


In May 2019, CDSBC submitted an Action Plan in response to a directive from the Minister of Health to meet the recommendations and unmet standards outlined in the Cayton Report. In July 2019, the Minister provided further direction to the Board to expedite substantive changes that were needed to move forward on the Action Plan. These changes were captured in bylaw amendments made in fall 2019. The current set of bylaw amendments will:

  • Promote good governance by making clarifying changes to eligibility requirements for elected board members
  • Revise and streamline CDSBC's committee structure to promote effective decision-making and to accomplish the Action Plan​

Summary of changes

Bylaw Part 2 (College Board)

Clarified Eligibility Requirements

Expanded requirements for board eligibility, including provisions to address Action Item 3 regarding the impact of an open or upheld complaint on a person's ability to stand for election or sit on the board.

Bylaw Part 4 (College committees and panels)

Proposed Committee Structure

Regulatory Committees

  • Registration (a single committee for all professionals regulated by CDSBC)
  • Inquiry
  • Discipline
  • Sedation and General Anaesthesia (no longer responsible for standards and guidance development)
  • Quality Assurance (no longer responsible for standards and guidance development)

Professional Standards Committees

  • Standards and Guidance (new)
  • Patient Relations (new)

Board Committees

  • Audit and Risk (similar to previous Audit Committee but with risk management responsibilities added)
  • Appointments (new)
  • HR and Remuneration (new)​

Committees Being Dissolved

  • Audit and Finance Working Group
  • CDA Advisory
  • Ethics
  • Governance
  • Nominations

How to submit comment

Comments may be submitted to the College of Dental Surgeons of BC and/or to the Ministry of Health no later than Monday, May 11​, 2020.

College of Dental Surgeons of BC

Ministry of Health


Email or Web Form:


Dr. Chris Hacker
Registrar and CEO
College of Dental Surgeons of BC
110 – 1765 West 8th Avenue
Vancouver, B.C. V6J 5C6


Executive Director, Professional Regulation and Oversight
Ministry of Health
1515 Blanshard Street
Victoria, B.C. V8W 9P4

Next Steps

  • Notice of these amendments has been provided to the Minister of Health, and regulatory colleges of other health professions in the province as required by section 19 (6.2) of the Health Professions Act.
  • ​CDSBC is distributing a courtesy notice to all registrants and to its stakeholder organizations and associations.
  • Following the notice period, the amended CDSBC Bylaws will be filed with the Ministry of Health.