Quality Assurance

In accordance with the Health Professions Act, all B.C. health professions must establish a Quality Assurance Program (QAP). Government has further specified that an acceptable program will include an assessment component.
 
In order to satisfy the provisions of the Health Professions Act, the College has replaced its former Continuing Competency Program ("CCP") with a Quality Assurance Program ("QAP"). The former CCP required registrants to complete 75 continuing dental hygiene education credits that were entirely self directed within a three-year cycle. Now, the QAP requires registrants to undertake an Assessment Tool to assess their foundational dental hygiene knowledge. Registrants who are unsuccessful at two attempts of the QAP Assessment Tool are paired with an Assessor who undertakes a Professional Performance Assessment of their practice.
 
Following the assessment phase, registrants are required to develop an individualized learning plan that includes courses or other learning activities to address any areas of weakness identified through the assessment process. The QAP cycle duration is five years in recognition of the time and effort that dental hygienists spend in preparing for and undertaking the QAP Assessment Tool.
 
While the Health Professions Act requires the implementation of a QAP program, each College has some flexibility and discretion to develop a program best suited to its own health profession(s).

The CDHBC Board and Quality Assurance Committee members have worked hard to develop a program that is the best “fit” for dental hygienists by adhering to a set of Guiding Principles and considering the issues that are unique to dental hygienists. The CDHBC has considered many options and will continue to strive to provide practical tools that meet the requirement for quality assurance (assessment) and provide opportunity for quality improvement (professional development).