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Proposed Bylaws for New Oral Health College Available for Review

Posted Date: April 26, 2022

The Transition Steering Committee for the Oral Health Amalgamation Project is providing notice that the proposed bylaws for BC’s new oral health regulatory college are now available for review.  

The amalgamation partner colleges are the College of Dental Hygienists of BC, the College of Dental Technicians of BC, the College of Dental Surgeons of BC, and the College of Denturists of BC. 

The proposed bylaws set out how the new oral health college will be structured and governed, how it will uphold its legal mandate to protect patients and the public, and the regulatory requirements for the 15,000 oral health professionals the new college will regulate.

More information, as well as a link to the proposed bylaws and a companion document, is available on the Oral Health Amalgamation website. Feedback can be provided on the proposed bylaws until July 27, 2022.

Next Steps to Comply with Public Health Order

Posted Date: March 11, 2022

A new Order of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) — the Health Professionals COVID-19 Vaccination Status Information and Preventive Measures Orderrequires the College to record the COVID-19 vaccination status of all of its registrants by March 31, 2022.

Next steps for registrants
The College has provided registrant information to the Ministry of Health (MOH) for matching against the Provincial Immunization Registry. The MOH is in the process of sharing this data matching with the College. We anticipate that most vaccinated registrants will be easily verified in the Provincial Immunization Registry.

If a registrant’s vaccination status is not confirmed via the data exchange process, we will contact the registrant by email soon with details of the information required and how to submit it. To learn more, please read a communication sent to registrants on March 11, 2022.

For members of the public
If you are a member of the public with questions about the public health order, please contact PHO/MOH Patient Client Relations:

Public Health Order Requires Registrants to Provide COVID-19 Vaccination Status

Posted Date: March 08, 2022

The Health Professionals COVID-19 Vaccination Status Information and Preventive Measures Orderissued by the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) yesterday, requires the College of Dental Hygienists of BC (CDHBC) to record the COVID-19 vaccination status of all its registrants by March 31, 2022.

If requested by the College, registrants must provide proof of vaccination or exemption. It also requires the College to disclose to the PHO or medical health officer, on request, registrant information regarding vaccination status and place of work, either in aggregate or by individual.

More information, including an FAQ, was provided in a communication sent to registrants on March 8, 2022.
 
The College is currently assessing the specific actions required under the Order. We will provide further details in the next few days. Until that time, we respectfully ask that you DO NOT send us any inquiries or documentation related to the Order or your vaccination status.

2022/23 Renewal Period CLOSED

Posted Date: March 01, 2022

The 2022 Renewal period is now CLOSED.


If the College has not received a registrant’s renewal application and payment for the 2022/23 Renewal Period which ends on February 28th, 2022, in accordance with section 21 of the Health Professions Actthat registrant will be removed from the register of dental hygienists in British Columbia effective March 1st, 2022 and may not practice dental hygiene until re-registered.

Reinstatement Information

The Registrar of the College may restore a former registrant to the register upon payment of renewal and reinstatement fees and completion of the online reinstatement form, which can be found by logging in to your online profile, as well as renewal requirements that have not been previously fulfilled. To reinstate registration, the College bylaws require a completed reinstatement application be submitted along with:

  • payment of the renewal fee, ($515.00 for Practicing Categories and $260.00 for Non-Practicing)
  • payment of the reinstatement fee, ($180.25 (RDH, DHP Reinstatement Fee or $91.00 Non-Practicing Reinstatement Fee)
  • submission of an online reinstatement application,
  • submission of any outstanding renewal requirements (if applicable).

Please note, until you receive notification from the CDHBC via phone that your reinstatement request has been approved, you may NOT legally practice dental hygiene in B.C.  
 
If you would like to have your registration reinstated, complete your reinstatement online through your CDHBC profile by April 30th, 2022: http://registrant.cdhbc.com/login.aspx 

The online reinstatement system  will accept payment by Visa, Mastercard and Visa Debit. Please note that payment by Interac Debit card is currently not accepted.  

If you do not wish to reinstate your registration, please reply to this email with written notification of your intent to be removed from the register, so that you will not continue to receive notices from the College.

Black History Month an Opportunity for Learning

Posted Date: February 23, 2022

Black History Month is an opportunity to celebrate the past and ongoing achievements and contributions of Black people to Canadian history, culture, and society. This year’s theme is “February and Forever: Celebrating Black History Today and Every Day.”

The College of Dental Hygienists of BC encourages registrants to continue their learning about this history as well as anti-racism strategies to ensure Black Canadians can access safe and ethical dental hygiene services free from bias and discrimination.

For more information about the history of Black Canadians and a list of anti-racism resources, please read a story on the College of Pharmacists of British Columbia’s website.

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