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​​Illegal Practice: Hua Zheng Huang

Dental regulator pursues legal action against Hua Zheng Huang for illegal practice of dentistry

Vancouver, B.C.

December 18, 2013

The College of Dental Surgeons of BC has taken legal action against Hua Zheng Huang for providing dentistry services illegally. Mr. Huang has never been registered as a dentist
in B.C.

Mr. Huang came to our attention in the wake of the Tung Sheng Wu investigation after a member of the public contacted us to complain about treatment received.

The College’s investigators conducted surveillance at Mr. Huang’s residence at 2508 Adanac Street in Vancouver. Our investigators gathered evidence indicating that dentistry was being performed. We asked for – and were granted – permission from BC Supreme Court to conduct a search and seizure at Mr. Huang’s residence. The court also issued an interim injunction that prohibited Mr. Huang from practising dentistry.

Our investigators carried out the search and seizure with the assistance of local police at Mr. Huang’s residence on October 17, 2013. We seized extensive dental material and equipment from the residence. There were no patient files found.

On December 17, Mr. Huang consented to the imposition of a permanent injunction prohibiting him from practising dentistry or holding himself out as a dentist. The BC Supreme Court also granted the College’s request to publish Mr. Huang’s name, photograph, and address to alert the public about the unauthorized practice of dentistry.

As the College has committed through the media earlier this year, we will be following up with Mr. Huang to confirm that the injunction is honoured.

The College has retained the dental supplies and equipment seized from Mr. Huang’s residence. The College will donate any seized dental supplies or equipment that are safe for use to a non-profit dental clinic.

Although Mr. Huang’s practice did not meet infection control standards required of BC dentists, it was clear that there were some efforts at infection control. After consulting with health authorities, we believe a public health alert is not warranted. However, anyone who sees an illegal practitioner puts themselves and their family at risk for bacterial and viral infections. There is no assurance that the practitioner is competent or qualified to provide treatment, or that the materials and equipment they use are safe.

We recommend that any person who is treated by an illegal practitioner consult with their physician and that they visit a competent and accountable dentist (registered with the College) to review the work done and the materials used.

To check the registration status of a dentist in B.C., you can look them up on the College’s Registrant Lookup.

Jerome Marburg, Registrar & CEO

College of Dental Surgeons of BC