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​​​​​​​​​​2019-22 Strategic Plan

The College’s strategic plan lays out our vision, mission statement and mandate, core values, and our organizational goals and initiatives.

Our vision

Public protection • Regulatory excellence • Optimal health

Our mission

The College of Dental Surgeons of BC protects the public and promotes health by regulating dentists, dental therapists and certified dental assistants. It does so by establishing, monitoring and enforcing the safe, competent and ethical practice of dentistry in B.C.

Our mandate

The College of Dental Surgeons of BC serves and protects the public, regulating dentists, dental therapists, and certified dental assistants by:

  • Setting requirements for certification, registration, standards of practice
    and ethics
  • Establishing requirements for, and monitoring, continuous competency
  • Investigating and resolving complaints

Our values

The College of Dental Surgeons of BC demonstrates trustworthiness and promotes professional excellence by being:

  • Ethical, open and transparent
  • Fair and accountable
  • Respectful and courteous
  • Objective and evidence-informed
  • Inclusive and embracing the principles of diversity, cultural safety and humility
  • Patient-centred and engaged with the public
  • Committed to the highest level of public awareness

Our goals and initiatives

Goal 1: Improve outcomes for the public through clearly stated standards
of competence and conduct for dentists, dental therapists and certified dental assistants.


We will do this by:

  • Developing and maintaining patient-centred standards and guidance that are clear, consistent, enforceable and up to date
  • Establishing effective and timely Board review and oversight of standards and guidance

Goal 2: Identify and strengthen productive relationships with stakeholders.


We will do this by:

  • Sharing information and consulting broadly with the public and other stakeholders
  • Actively engaging the public and patients in decision making while being mindful of equity and diversity
  • Ensuring that we provide relevant and timely information that the public needs to make informed decisions about their health care
  • Communicating and collaborating effectively with key organizations and stakeholders

Goal 3: Embrace leading regulatory practices to protect the public.


We will do this by:

  • Using data and risk assessment to enhance regulatory effectiveness
  • Using leading regulatory practices, such as the principles of right-touch regulation1, to guide strategic decision-making and improve processes
  • Increasing organizational capacity to anticipate and respond to external forces and future challenges with agility, resilience and openness
  • Updating and implementing a comprehensive mandatory quality assurance program so that the public is well-served by competent health professionals

Goal 4: Strengthen and clarify governance to support our mandate.


We will do this by:

  • Initiating a governance review to improve our governance model and identifying and responding to gaps and opportunities
  • Developing guidelines and procedures to sustain effective relationships within and between Board and staff
  • Providing support for Board and staff to be knowledgeable and competent in all matters of professional regulation and good governance
  • Developing and implementing an annual board workplan

1Professional Standards Authority, (2015). Right-touch regulation. Available at:


More information on our strategic plan and activities can be found in our annual reports.

CDSBC is governed by a 12-member Board that includes dentists, CDAs and members of the public appointed by the provincial government.

Over 80 members work on 12 committees to do important work on the College's behalf.