On November 27, 2019, the Ministry of Health outlined a bold proposal for modernizing B.C.’s health regulatory framework. This proposal came in response to recommendations made by Harry Cayton in his report, An Inquiry into the College of Dental Surgeons and the Health Professions Act, which was released in April 2019. Read more

Government’s bold and innovative proposal to overhaul health profession regulation puts the focus exactly where it should be: on protecting the public.

We commend the Steering Committee for their foresight and leadership, and for their work to depoliticize health profession regulation in the public interest. We look forward to participating in government’s consultation process, and we are committed to working together.

The full report is available on the web https://engage.gov.bc.ca/app/uploads/sites/578/2019/11/Modernizing-health-profession-regulatory-framework-Consultation-Paper.pdf

 


 

On February 24, the Ministry of Health announced that the oral health regulations for dental hygienists, dental technicians, denturists and dentists were deposited with the registrar of regulations and are now in force. Read more

Regulations are created by the government for each health profession governed under the Health Professions Act (HPA). Each regulation contains a scope of practice statement that describes what the profession does and how it does it, and a list of activities that outlines what members of that profession are authorized to do.

The amended regulations are in keeping with the Minister's desire to improve access to oral health services and to promote inter-professional, collaborative, team-based care and are intended to:

  • align the regulations to the HPA model (characterized by two elements: shared scope of practice statements and restricted activities)
  • standardize terms shared between the regulations
  • clarify that unregulated persons cannot perform the restricted activities that fall under these professions (unless authorized) and ensure that colleges have the necessary authority to act when unregulated individuals provide these services

To read more about the key changes to the Denturists Regulation please click here.