CDBC’s AGM will take place at the Executive Plaza Hotel at 405 North Road, Coquitlam, British Columbia in the Cypress Room on Friday, September 27, 2019 starting at 9:00 a.m. This year’s agenda will include a presentation of CDBC’s 2018-2019 Annual Report and 2018-2019 Financial Statements as well as a free Continuing Education (CE) course taught by CDBC’s legal counsel Don Lebans. This year’s topics will include, professional boundaries, social media hazards and privacy issues. Please contact CDBC at 604-515-0533 to RSVP as space is limited. CE hours will be given to registrants in attendance. We hope to see you there! Read more
Don Lebans is a partner at the law firm of Branch MacMaster in Vancouver. He was called to the bar in 1997. Since then, he has acted in numerous regulatory matters, class action law suits, and life insurance and health claims, appearing before the B.C. Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court of Canada, the Health Professions Review Board, and other administrative boards and tribunals. The focus of his practice is administrative law and he has represented a number of health colleges, assisting with representations to the government, scope of practice reviews, bylaw drafting, registration issues and professional disciplinary actions. Don has worked with the College of Denturists of BC for close to 10 years.
The Ministry of Health is proposing amendments to the Dentists Regulation, the Dental Hygienists Regulation, the Denturists Regulation, and the Dental Technicians Regulation.
The proposed regulatory amendments are intended to better align the regulations with the Health Professions Act model, which is characterized by two elements: scope of practice statements (concise generalized descriptions of what a profession’s activities and areas of practice are), and restricted activities (a narrowly defined list of invasive, higher-risk activities a profession is granted authority to provide). Read more
There have been some small expansions in scope of practice made after a careful review of the evolving professional practice of these professions. Some of these proposed increases in scope include: the removal of the "365-day rule" for dental hygienists and denturists, the de-regulation of mouthguards for sporting activities, and the ability for denturists to make adjustments/repairs to prescribed dentures without a subsequent examination by a dentist.
Additionally, amendments have been made to the regulations to clarify that unregulated persons cannot perform the restricted activities that fall under these professions (unless authorized) and to ensure that colleges have the necessary authority to act when unregulated individuals provide these services.
The notice period that is required by the Health Professions Act before the proposed regulation amendments can be brought into force began on August 30, 2019.
Notice is posted on the Ministry of Health’s website at: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/practitioner-professional-resources/professional-regulation
The Ministry of Health requests that any comments on these proposed regulation amendments be submitted no later than December 2, 2019.
Please submit comments by e-mail to:
Professional Regulation and Oversight Branch
Health Human Resources and Labour Relations Division
Ministry of Health
1515 Blanshard Street