Part IV.1: Quality Assurance

Quality Assurance Program
52 (1) In this section
"continuing competency credit” means a credit for a continuing dental hygiene educational activity that has been approved by the quality assurance committee for the purpose of the college’s quality assurance program, as determined in accordance with criteria established by the quality assurance committee;
“QAP cycle” means
      (a) the first five-calendar year period assigned to a registrant who is required by the quality assurance committee to satisfy the requirements of this section, or
      (b) any successive five-calendar year period thereafter.
  (2) Subject to subsections (3) to (5), every dental hygienist registrant, dental hygiene practitioner registrant and grandparented registrant who is required by the quality assurance committee to satisfy the requirements of this section must do all of the following during each QAP cycle:
      (a) successfully complete the individualized assessment process approved by the quality assurance committee within the first two months of the QAP cycle;
      (b) prepare an individualized learning plan that includes stated learning goals;
      (c) complete 75 continuing competency credits;
      (d) complete any other learning activities that the quality assurance committee directs the registrant to complete during the QAP cycle.
  (3)   Subsection (2)(a) does not apply to a registrant during the registrant’s first QAP cycle if all four of the following conditions are met:
      (a) the registrant’s first QAP cycle begins on January 1 of the year following the registrant’s initial registration; 
      (b) the registrant was not registered or licensed for the practice of dental hygiene in another jurisdiction before the registrant’s initial registration in British Columbia;
      (c) the registrant was awarded a recognized dental hygiene diploma or a recognized dental hygiene degree within one year before the date of the registrant’s initial registration;
      (d) the registrant successfully completed the NDHCE within one year before the date of the registrant’s initial registration.
  (4)   If a registrant is exempted under subsection (3) from completing the individualized assessment process described in subsection (2)(a) during the registrant’s first QAP cycle, the activities completed by that registrant under subsection (2)(b) to (d) during the registrant’s first QAP cycle must include any content directed by the quality assurance committee.
  (5)   The quality assurance committee or, if authorized by the quality assurance committee, the registrar may extend a registrant’s QAP cycle or modify one or more of the requirements in subsection (2) in respect of a registrant in accordance with the Human Rights Code or as otherwise required by law.
  (6)   The quality assurance committee must establish 
      (a) criteria for successful completion of the individualized assessment process under subsection (2)(a), 
      (b) a policy for preparation of a statement of learning goals and the remaining components of a learning plan under subsection (2)(b), and 
      (c) policies and procedures, consistent with the bylaws, for registrants’ compliance with their individualized learning plans and stated learning goals.
  (7)   If a registrant fails to successfully complete the individualized assessment process under subsection (2)(a) in accordance with the criteria established under subsection (6)(a), the quality assurance committee may appoint an assessor under section 26.1(4) of the Act 
      (a) to assess the registrant’s professional performance under section 26.1(2) of the Act, and
      (b) to report to the quality assurance committee regarding that assessment.
  (8) Following receipt of a report under subsection (7)(b), the quality assurance committee may act under section 26.1(3) of the Act in respect of the registrant.