College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia

110 - 1765 West 8th Avenue
Vancouver B.C V6J 5C6

The College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia (CDSBC) is the regulatory body for dentists, dental therapists and certified dental assistants (CDAs) in B.C. We register, certify and regulate over 3,800 dentists, seven dental therapists and over 6,600 CDAs.

The College is not a teaching institution: its core function is to protect the public by overseeing the conduct and competence of its registrants.

How does CDSBC protect the public? CDSBC protects the public by ensuring that dentists, dental therapists and CDAs are registered and qualified to practise, and that they are consistently providing safe and ethical care to their patients.

CDSBC also responds to complaints from patients, and takes action when a registrant is practising incompetently, unethically, illegally or is impaired by alcohol, drugs ora mental illness.

Who can help me? Below is a listing of key services provided by CDSBC.

​​College of Dental Surgeons of BC (CDSBC) ​• Registration and annual renewal for dentists, dental therapists and CDAs• Receive and resolve complaints• ​Provide practice standards and guidelines for dental professionals• Process continuing education credits• ​Incorporate dental practices• Online Registrant Lookup• Inspections of moderate, deep, or general anaesthetic sedation facility• Illegal Practice

The College’s strategic plan lays out our vision, mission statement and mandate, core values, and our organizational goals and initiatives.

Our vision Public protection • Regulatory excellence • Optimal health

Our mission The College of Dental Surgeons of BC protects the public and promotes health by regulating dentists, dental therapists and certified dental assistants. It does so by establishing, monitoring and enforcing the safe, competent and ethical practice of dentistry in B.C.

Our mandate The College of Dental Surgeons of BC serves and protects the public, regulating dentists, dental therapists, and certified dental assistants by:

Setting requirements for certification, registration, standards of practiceand ethics Establishing requirements for, and monitoring, continuous competency Investigating and resolving complaints Our values

The College of Dental Surgeons of BC demonstrates trustworthiness and promotes professional excellence by being:

Ethical, open and transparent Fair and accountable Respectful and courteous Objective and evidence-informed Inclusive and embracing the principles of diversity, cultural safety and humility Patient-centred and engaged with the public Committed to the highest level of public awareness.

Our goals and initiatives

Goal 1: Improve outcomes for the public through clearly stated standardsof competence and conduct for dentists, dental therapists and certified dental assistants.


We will do this by:

Developing and maintaining patient-centred standards and guidance that are clear, consistent, enforceable and up to date Establishing effective and timely Board review and oversight of standards and guidance.

Goal 2: Identify and strengthen productive relationships with stakeholders.


We will do this by:

Sharing information and consulting broadly with the public and other stakeholders Actively engaging the public and patients in decision making while being mindful of equity and diversity Ensuring that we provide relevant and timely information that the public needs to make informed decisions about their health care Communicating and collaborating effectively with key organizations and stakeholders.

Goal 3: Embrace leading regulatory practices to protect the public.


We will do this by:

Using data and risk assessment to enhance regulatory effectiveness Using leading regulatory practices, such as the principles of right-touch regulation1, to guide strategic decision-making and improve processes Increasing organizational capacity to anticipate and respond to external forces and future challenges with agility, resilience and openness Updating and implementing a comprehensive mandatory quality assurance program so that the public is well-served by competent health professionals.

Goal 4: Strengthen and clarify governance to support our mandate.


We will do this by:

Initiating a governance review to improve our governance model and identifying and responding to gaps and opportunities Developing guidelines and procedures to sustain effective relationships within and between Board and staff Providing support for Board and staff to be knowledgeable and competent in all matters of professional regulation and good governance Developing and implementing an annual board workplan.


Map of College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia 110 - 1765 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver B.C V6J 5C6

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