Dental colleges collaborate to develop a single oral health regulatory college

Dental colleges collaborate to develop a single oral health regulatory college

A new College of Oral Health Professionals will oversee all six of BC’s regulated oral health professions, currently served by four colleges.

The four colleges that regulate BC’s dental professionals are making progress toward the formation of a new College of Oral Health Professionals that will oversee all six regulated oral health professions: certified dental assistants, dental hygienists, dental technicians, dental therapists, dentists, and denturists.

The current oral regulatory colleges are: the College of Dental Hygienists of BC; the College of Dental Surgeons of BC; the College of Dental Technicians of BC; and the College of Denturists of BC.

Creating the new college is one of the recommendations included in the plan to modernize the health regulatory system released by the BC Government’s Steering Committee on Modernization of Health Professional Regulation on August 27, 2020.

In a joint statement released August 31, 2020, the four oral health regulatory colleges announced that since the formation of an oral health care college was proposed by the Steering Committee last fall, they have had collaborative discussions.

Recognizing that the amalgamation process is complex, representatives of all four colleges are now meeting on a regular basis to articulate a vision and to draft a plan for the implementation of a single oral health regulator.

More information

Read the joint statement about moving toward a new College of Oral Health Professionals released August 31 by the four colleges that regulate BC’s dental professionals:

Visit the BC Ministry of Health’s Professional Regulation page for details about the initiative to modernize the provincial health profession regulatory framework.

Visit the BCHR Regulatory Modernization page for the latest updates about how the health profession regulatory system is evolving in BC, and how BCHR members are responding to better serve and protect all British Columbians. This web page includes a list of Frequently Asked Questions about regulatory modernization, which will be updated as new information becomes available.

Visit individual college websites to learn about specific activities related to modernization. See the list of BCHR member colleges, including links to their websites.

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