Duties of the College

There are many ways in which the CDHBC works to fulfill its mandate of ensuring that dental hygiene practice is carried on in the best of interests of the public. By establishing standards of academic or technical achievement and by determining the qualifications necessary for registration with the College, CDHBC plays an integral role in the oversight of the dental hygiene profession in BC.

The CDHBC bylaws describe the duties and procedures of the College in detail, including Practice Standards and a Code of Ethics for registrants, and investigations of complaints against dental hygienists.

Included in the College’s mandated duties, as outlined in sections 16, 18 and 19 of the Health Professions Act (HPA), are the following responsibilities:

  • To serve and protect the public and to exercise its power and discharge its responsibilities under all enactments in the public interest;
  • To superintend the practice of dental hygiene;
  • To govern registrants according to the HPA, the Regulations and the bylaws of the College;
  • To establish standard of academic or technical achievement and the qualifications required for registration as a member of the College;
  • To establish, monitor, and enforce standards of practice and professional ethics to enhance the quality of practice and reduce incompetent, impaired, or unethical practice among registrants;
  • To establish and maintain a quality assurance program to promote high practice standards amongst registrants;
  • To establish a patient relations program to prevent professional misconduct of a sexual nature;
  • To require registrants to provide patients access to their health care records in appropriate circumstances;
  • To inform individuals, both the general public and registrants, of their rights under the HPA, the Regulations and the bylaws of the College, and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act;
  • To administer the business and duties of the College in accordance with applicable provincial and federal legislation.