Currently there are FOUR different pieces of work taking place in the province that will impact dental hygienists. These are:

  1. Proposed Changes to Dental Hygiene Regulation
  2. Proposed Changes to the Bylaws of the College of Dental Hygienists of BC
  3. Proposed Changes to Dental Hygiene Practice Standards
  4. Modernization of the Provincial Health Regulatory Framework

Please see information below to figure out how you can review the proposed changes and provide feedback.

  1. Proposed Changes to Dental Hygiene Regulation

    The Professional Regulation division of the Ministry of Health published Proposed Regulation Amendments for dental hygiene in August, subject to a three month consultation period. The opportunity to provide feedback closed on December 2, 2019. You can still review the Proposed Regulation Amendments by visiting the Ministry website, but comments and recommendations are no longer being accepted.

  2. Proposed Changes to the CDHBC Bylaws

    The College of Dental Hygienists of BC (CDHBC) is required to update the CDHBC Bylaws based on its interpretation of the proposed regulations. We encourage all dental hygienists to visit the CDHBC website, read the bylaws and provide feedback directly to the College. Please note that College Bylaws are not simply bureaucratic and cover areas that will impact your practice. Deadline for feedback is February 7, 2020. Instructions are included on the page.

  3. Proposed Changes to Dental Hygiene Practice Standards (CDHBC)

    CDHBC is also required to update Dental Hygiene Practice Standards. Consultation to contribute to these practice standards is currently open and you can provide your feedback using the online feedback form on the CDHBC website. Deadline for responses is February 3, 2020.
    Practice Standards and BCDHA’s response to them

  4. Modernization of the Provincial Health Regulatory Framework

    Dental Hygienists are concerned about the recommendations proposed by government in Modernizing the provincial health profession regulatory framework: A paper for consultation. The deadline for feedback was January 10, 2020. We encourage all dental hygienists to visit https://engage.gov.bc.ca/healthprofessionregulation/ as the proposed changes will have significant impact on all health professions in British Columbia, including dental hygiene.

Read BCDHA’s “FAQs” that include questions and current discussion around these recommendations (note, the Association feels strongly that more information is required from government before the Association can either endorse or oppose these recommendations).

FAQs on Government’s Recommendations for
Modernizing the Provincial Health Profession Regulatory Framework
Current as of January 22, 2020

 

Please remember that until these regulation changes are signed and made official, you must continue to practice within the existing 365-day rule and other current regulations.