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This consultation ended 6 January 2016

Consultation on Revised Boundaries in the Practitioner-Patient Relationship

November 6, 2015

The College of Dental Surgeons of BC has published a revised "Boundaries in the Practitioner-Patient Relationship" for consultation. We are pleased that CDSBC and the BC Dental Association both support this document as re-drafted following an earlier consultation.

The consultation period was open for 60 days: November 6, 2015 – January 5, 2016


The draft policy received a substantial amount of feedback from registrants. The Board reviewed the feedback and there was a clear consensus that the profession did not support the boundaries policy as initially drafted.

This document sets out the ethical obligation of registrants to ensure that treatment is appropriate. The key changes from the first draft include:

  1. Publication as a guideline (highly recommended) and not a standard (mandatory)
  2. Advising registrants on how to avoid conflicts, without defining specific conflict relationships.

How to submit feedback

Feedback was received no later than January 5, 2016 and was submitted in one of two ways:

  • By email: (include the word "Boundaries" in the subject line)
  • By mail: CDSBC Board, c/o Registrar's Office, 500 - 1765 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. V6J 5C6

Consultation and Next Steps

The consultation is open to members of the public, registrants and CDSBC's partner organizations.

Organizations that are being invited to comment include the Ministry of Health, all health regulatory colleges in BC, the First Nations Health Authority, UBC Dentistry, the British Columbia Dental Association, Certified Dental Assistants of BC, Doctors of BC, dental component societies in B.C. and provincial dental regulators across Canada.

When the consultation period ends, staff will collate the feedback for consideration by the Board. The intent is to submit the final document to the Board for approval in 2016.