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 intends to replace its existing Continuing Competency Program ("CCP") with a Quality Assurance Program ("QAP"). The CCP requires registrants, as a condition of registration renewal, to complete 75 continuing dental hygiene education credits in topics of their choice. The QAP will require registrants to do an assessment and develop an individualized learning plan consisting of 75 continuing dental hygiene education credits that include courses in any areas of weakness identified in the assessment. The QAP cycle is five years as opposed to the three year cycle in the existing CCP.

The QAP will be phased in over several years. During each year of the transitional period, some registrants will transfer into the QAP while the remaining registrants continue in the CCP. After all registrants are in the QAP, the CCP will no longer apply.

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.

Your Board and 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. CDHBC has considered many options and will continue to strive to provide practical tools that meet our requirement for quality assurance (assessment) and provide opportunity for quality improvement (professional development).

The CDHBC Quality Assurance Committee began this process through the development of the Vision, Objective and Guiding Principles for the QAP.