Updated Advisory on Prevention of Sexual Abuse and Boundary Violations

Nov 21 2017

The College has updated its practice advisory on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse and Boundary Violations

The revised advisory reflects changes made to the Regulated Health Professions Act as a result of the Protecting Patients Act

New Statement on Infection Prevention and Control

Nov 02 2017

Public Health Ontario (PHO) has released two new documents on Infection Prevention and Control:

  1. Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC): CORE Elements in Dental Practice Settings
  2. Checklist: Reprocessing in the Dental Practice Settings

The College is grateful for the opportunity to work with PHO and the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care to ensure these documents address best IPAC practice in dental offices. Both pieces draw extensively on our Guidelines on Infection Prevention and Control in the Dental Office.

The College recommends that all members carefully consider the new checklists and how they may be applied in their practices. As our Guidelines make clear:

“Dentists have an obligation to maintain the standards of practice of the profession and, accordingly, must ensure that recommended infection prevention and control procedures are carried out in their offices. OHCWs [oral health care workers] must maintain current knowledge of infection prevention and control procedures, and apply and maintain them appropriately and consistently. To this end, it is the dentist’s responsibility to ensure that staff are adequately trained in infection prevention and control procedures, and that the necessary supplies and equipment are available, fully operational, up-to-date and routinely monitored for efficacy. In addition to professional obligations, dentists also have an ethical duty to maintain a safe and healthy office environment for both patients and staff, and to adhere to all rules and regulations related to the operation of a dental practice, including workplace health and safety and environmental protection.”

Those “professional obligations” include following public health guidelines as well as the recommendations of manufacturers of sterilization and other dental office equipment to ensure patient safety at all times.

An IPAC working group is meeting to discuss potential changes to our Guidelines. However, the current Guidelines remain in effect. We have had no reports of any dental office that follows the current Guidelines being closed. We expect an updated version will be released next year.

If you require further information, contact practiceadvisory@rcdso.org

PLP Committee openings

Oct 25 2017

There are upcoming vacancies for dentist members of the College’s Professional Liability Program Committee (PLP) for a three year term, starting January 2018.

The PLP Committee:

  • makes recommendations to Council on the program’s practices and procedures.
  • reviews its financial performance, including staff use of delegated authority.
  • authorizes defense of actions through trial and settlements above PLP’s internal limit.
  • considers requests for waivers or reductions of deductibles from members.

Your Application and Eligibility Form for Non-Council Committee Appointment must be submitted to the Registrar by January 5, 2018 at 5 p.m. and include:

  • your curriculum vitae.
  • reasons for your interest in sitting on the PLP Committee.
  • a brief description of what you think you can contribute to the Committee, bearing in mind the mandate described above.

We encourage specialists to apply, with preference for endodontists or oral surgeons.

Candidates must meet the basic eligibility criteria for all non-council committee members and review relevant College policies

The Registrar will present a list of eligible candidates for to the Executive Committee which will make a recommendation to Council.

Continuing education notices for Ontario dentists

Sep 21 2017

All dentists with a general or specialty certificate of registration who have completed a three-year CE cycle are now subject to random selection to have their e-Portfolio reviewed. Dentists selected will be notified in writing and given 30 days to submit their original CE documents to the College. Documents may be submitted by mail, courier or hand delivered.

For dentists with a general or specialty certificate of registration registered with the College before December 15, 2011, or between December 15, 2013 and December 14, 2014, your three-year CE cycle ends on December 14, 2017. You are required to obtain at least 90 CE points in each three-year cycle.

Find more information or assistance regarding continuing education and the e-Portfolio on our website.

Patient engagement resources from Health Quality Ontario

Jul 12 2017

Patients and families have valuable experiences and perspectives to share when it comes to the quality and safety of their care, but engaging in those conversations can be difficult.

Health Quality Ontario partnered with The Canadian Patient Safety Institute and the Atlantic Health Quality and Patient Safety Collaborative to create Engaging Patients in Patient Safety – A Canadian Guide.

The Guide is available on Health Quality Ontario’s website under resources for Patients, Families and Caregivers as well as Health Care Providers.

This online resource can be used across all health care settings and demonstrates how thoughtful engagement and partnership can lead to safer care for patients and more successful health outcomes.

Visit Health Quality Ontario’s Patient Engagement Tools and Resources hub to learn more.

Public Health Ontario seeks your input on HPV and oral cancers

Jul 11 2017

Health care professionals, including dentists, share the responsibility to address the increasing epidemic of HPV-related cancers. From the public health perspective, prevention and early detection are important to minimizing the burden of any type of cancer.

Dentists can play a key role in future strategies that target HPV-related cancers, given the association between HPV and oral cancers. They are among the most frequently visited health care providers and can actively participate in future strategies by:

  • Routinely discussing HPV vaccine with their patients.
  • Performing oral cancer screening to prevent and early detect HPV-related oral cancer.

  • Public Health Ontario is planning an online survey for dentists to share their experiences and self-perceived barriers in HPV-related oral cancer prevention and early diagnosis. PHO encourages dentists to participate, as it will ultimately enhance the capacity of the public health efforts to prevent HPV-related cancers and to minimize their impact on individuals, communities and the health care system.

    Statement on Infection Prevention and Control

    Jun 30 2017

    Infection prevention and control in dentistry is vital for safe patient care. Dentists are extensively trained on infection prevention and our mandatory continuing education program makes the subject a priority.

    Recent cases of dental offices being closed by Public Health are alarming partly because they are very rare.  In every case, the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO) is committed to working with local public health units, Public Health Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care to help protect the public.

    All dentists in Ontario are required to follow our Guidelines on Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC). Our Guidelines are robust and we are currently working to improve and update them with input from other health care partners.

    The Guidelines are clear about our expectations:

    “Dentists have an obligation to maintain the standards of practice of the profession and, accordingly, must ensure that recommended infection prevention and control procedures are carried out in their offices. OHCWs [oral health care workers] must maintain current knowledge of infection prevention and control procedures, and apply and maintain them appropriately and consistently. To this end, it is the dentist’s responsibility to ensure that staff are adequately trained in infection prevention and control procedures, and that the necessary supplies and equipment are available, fully operational, up-to-date and routinely monitored for efficacy. In addition to professional obligations, dentists also have an ethical duty to maintain a safe and healthy office environment for both patients and staff, and to adhere to all rules and regulations related to the operation of a dental practice, including workplace health and safety and environmental protection.”

    Those “professional obligations” include following public health guidelines as well as the recommendations of manufacturers of sterilization and other dental office equipment to ensure patient safety at all times.

    The College recently contacted every one of our members to remind them of their infection control responsibilities.  We have also reached out to Public Health Ontario to discuss the arising concerns and to consider new approaches where appropriate.

    As a result of information provided to us, the Registrar of the College has ordered a number of investigations. More information will be available when the investigations are complete.

    Accepting government-sponsored dental plans

    Apr 27 2017

    Some Public Health Units in Ontario have identified concerns around “additional fees” charged to some participants in provincial government-sponsored dental programs.

    Dentists who accept government-sponsored dental plans are contributing a valuable service to the community. They are providing access to oral health care services to those who might not otherwise be able to afford them.

    In accepting these provincial plans, dentists are agreeing to accept fees that are often lower than their usual and customary fees. Participation in these plans requires that dentists bill accurately and not impose additional fees that may not be appropriate. Examples of “additional fees” include administrative fees levied on patients in order to access dental care as well as charging in excess for services covered under the government plan.

    The RCDSO reminds dentists that if they elect to participate in provincial government-sponsored programs that they are agreeing to accept the terms and conditions under the plan. This includes fees established by the program, submitting claims and arranging for the co-ordination of benefits for patients who have additional insurance coverage.

    Dentists may charge patients for services not covered by a government-sponsored plan, but must inform them of the fees they would be responsible for prior to initiating treatment.

    In addition, dentists should not charge additional fees (such as booking fees) for patients on social services or other government funded dental programs unless they are charging this for all patients who are attending the office for similar treatment.

    If additional fees are charged, they should be refundable upon attendance and/or applied to services completed. Patients that are receiving social assistance should also be given equal access to the dental office (same hours) as private pay patients.

    For more information, contact the College's Practice Advisory Service at 416-934-5614, toll free at 1-800-565-4591, or by e-mail at practiceadvisory@rcdso.org.  

    Notice: Recall of some EpiPens by Pfizer Canada

    Apr 03 2017

    Pfizer Canada Inc., the Canadian distributor of EpiPen® (epinephrine) Auto-Injector, has announced a voluntary recall in consultation with Health Canada of one lot of EpiPen 0.3 mg (epinephrine) and one lot of EpiPen Jr 0.15 mg (epinephrine) Auto-Injectors distributed in Canada.

    In Canada, the recall impacts one lot (5GU763) of the 0.3 mg strength of EpiPen Auto-Injector expiring in May 2017 and one lot (5GR765) of the 0.15 mg strength of EpiPen Jr Auto-Injector expiring in March 2017.

    More information, including how to identify the recall Epi-Pens, is available here: http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2017/62872a-eng.php

    RCDSO Council Highlights for January 12, 2017

    Jan 23 2017

    Council Highlights for the RCDSO Council meeting held on January 12, 2017 is now available on the College website, www.rcdso.org

    Click here to read the latest Council Highlights

    If you have any questions, please contact RCDSO Registrar Irwin Fefergrad by phone at 416-934-5625, toll-free at 1-800-565-4591 or by e-mail at ifefergrad@rcdso.org.

    RCDSO Council Highlights for November 16, 2016

    Nov 20 2016

    Council Highlights for the RCDSO Council meeting held on November 16, 2016 is now available on the College website, www.rcdso.org

    Click here to read the latest Council Highlights

    If you have any questions, please contact RCDSO Registrar Irwin Fefergrad by phone at 416-934-5625, toll-free at 1-800-565-4591 or by e-mail at ifefergrad@rcdso.org.

    Healthy Smiles Ontario Update

    Jul 06 2016

    The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has released a memo that includes important information about the transition to the upcoming new benefit year and the potential Canada Post service disruption.

    View the memo here: Healthy Smiles Ontario Update

    Council Highlights for June 16, 2016

    Jun 21 2016

    Council Highlights for the RCDSO Council meeting held June 16, 2016 are now available on the College website, www.rcdso.org

    Click here to read the latest Council Highlights

    If you have any questions, please contact RCDSO Registrar Irwin Fefergrad by phone at 416-934-5625, toll-free at 1-800-565-4591 or by e-mail at ifefergrad@rcdso.org.

    New video: Appropriate Patient Boundaries

    May 12 2016

    The newest RCDSO whiteboard video, Appropriate Patient Boundaries, provides a brief overview on what is appropriate and what may be inappropriate in a professional dentist-patient relationship.

    Watch here: Appropriate Patient Boundaries

    Follow us @rcdso_org on Twitter!

    May 02 2016

    Today we officially launch our Twitter account.

    Over the past two years, we’ve increased the offerings on our YouTube channel and made it a popular spot for members and the public to find information about our processes. Now we are adding another social media platform to our portfolio to help members and the public stay informed and up-to-date on College activities and initiatives.

    Today we officially launched our Twitter account. It will be one of our go-to channels for distributing new content from the RCDSO website, including calls for participation in consultations, practice tips from Dispatch, job postings, and more. We’re also using Twitter to build relationships with some of our key stakeholders.

    You’re invited to follow us to keep informed of upcoming events, key dates and other milestones throughout the year. Our Twitter handle is: @rcdso_org.

    New video: Privacy is not a barrier

    Apr 01 2016

    There is often confusion surrounding the sharing of information with children's aid societies. This new whiteboard video looks to help clarify the expectations of patient privacy and protection, as well as provides helpful resources for dentists.

    Watch: Privacy is Not a Barrier: Sharing Information with Children's Aid Societies

    RCDSO Council Highlights for March 10, 2016

    Mar 11 2016

    Council Highlights for the RCDSO Council meeting held March 10, 2016 is now available on the College website, www.rcdso.org

    Click here to read the latest Council Highlights

    If you have any questions, please contact RCDSO Registrar Irwin Fefergrad by phone at 416-934-5625, toll-free at 1-800-565-4591 or by e-mail at ifefergrad@rcdso.org.

    Council meeting materials posted on website

    Mar 07 2016

    The meeting materials for the March 10, 2016 RCDSO Council meeting are now posted on our website.

    You can visit this page to access the PDF: http://www.rcdso.org/WhoWeAre/OurCouncil. Materials are removed following a council meeting. You can find highlights of the meeting on this page: http://www.rcdso.org/WhoWeAre/OurCouncil/CouncilHighlights 

    New Registration Practices video

    Feb 19 2016


    As part of its mandate to protect the public, the RCDSO takes a number of steps during its registration process to ensure that those applying to practice dentistry in Ontario fulfill a number of safety and ethical standards.

    Watch this new video about RCDSO registration practices that the College takes to protect the public to learn more about these efforts. Watch Here

    New Practice Advisory Service whiteboard video

    Jan 19 2016

    The Practice Advisory Service serves both the public and RCDSO members. It deals with thousands of questions each year and provides helpful feedback and advise.

    To learn more about the Practice Advisory Service, view the new whiteboard video below.

    Practice Advisory Service

    New whiteboard video: Member Services and Resources

    Jan 13 2016

    As a member of the RCDSO, you have access to a number of services and resources.

    Watch this video for a quick overview of some of the key services provided to all members of the RCDSO.

    Member Services and Resources

    Launch of Healthy Smiles Ontario Program

    Jan 11 2016

    The newly integrated Healthy Smiles Ontario Program was launched on January 1, 2016. Further information is now available on the ‘healthcare professional channel’ of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s website. The website provides key information for dental providers, including the new service schedules, forms, and further operational guidance for participating providers.

    Please visit the Ministry’s website to access this information at:

    http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/dental/
    http://www.ontario.ca/fr/page/obtenir-des-soins-dentaires

    See the PDF for full information and a quick list of what you need to know about this new program:

    Healthy Smiles Ontario Program

    RCDSO Holiday Hours

    Dec 21 2015

    Please note that the RCDSO office will be closed on the following days:

    Thursday, December 24
    Friday, December 25
    Monday, December 26
    Thursday, December 31
    Friday, January 1.

    The office will be open on Tuesday, December 29 and Wednesday, December 30, from 8 am to 5 pm.

    Follow-up: Changes to Public Dental Programs in Ontario

    Dec 15 2015

    In follow up to the recent memo regarding changes to public dental programs in Ontario, please note that further information will be posted on the ‘healthcare professional channel’ of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s website over the next two weeks. We anticipate posting the new fee and service schedules as well as a technical memo with further operational guidance for participating providers by December 18th, 2015.

    Please visit the Ministry’s website to access this information at http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/dental/  

    If you have questions about this memo or the new integrated Healthy Smiles Ontario Program, please contact Jacky Sweetnam, Manager, Low-Income Dental Integration at 416-326-9751 or by email at Jacky.Sweetnam@ontario.ca.

    Click here to read the full memo.

    Changes to Public Dental Programs in Ontario

    Dec 08 2015

    The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is sharing important information about upcoming changes to dental programs in Ontario, including key dates and administrative changes relating to service schedules and claims administration.

    Starting January 1, 2016, six publicly-funded dental programs will be integrated into the new Healthy Smiles Ontario Program – a publicly-funded program for children and youth aged 17 and under from low-income families. The new program will provide seamless enrollment and other enhanced client supports, making it easier for eligible children and youth to receive timely dental care. The new program will be 100% provincially funded and managed by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

    Click here to read the memo from the Ministry

    Council Highlights for November 19, 2015

    Nov 23 2015

    Council Highlights for the RCDSO Council meeting held on November 19, 2015 is now available on the College website. 

    Click here to read the latest Council Highlights

    If you have any questions, please contact RCDSO Registrar Irwin Fefergrad by phone at 416-934-5625, toll-free at 1-800-565-4591 or by e-mail at ifefergrad@rcdso.org.

    New whiteboard video: Alternative Dispute Resolution

    Nov 16 2015

    The typical dispute process can take a long time and can be tedious. From a complaint, to a hearing, to a resolution, the procedure is not easy.

    Thankfully, Alternative Dispute Resolution, or ADR, exists to streamline the process. ADR is a form of dispute resolution that is voluntary and can help resolve issues between dentists and members of the public without taking the time or energy that a typical dispute process takes.

    ADR is completely voluntary and is at the discretion of the complainant. Watch the new whiteboard video, Our ADR Process for a full description of the process and how to utilize this option.

    Alert - Sanofi Issues recall for Allerject

    Nov 02 2015

    Please note that prescription provider Sanofi-aventis Canada Inc. has placed a recall Canada-wide of its Allerject due to potential inaccurate dosage delivery.

    Read more on the Government of Canada website statement for areas affected and the scope of the recall. Full release also available on the Sanofi website: release.


    New video: International Trained Applicants to the College

    Aug 12 2015

    To practice dentistry in Canada, you need a licence from a regulatory body such as the RCDSO. Once you are certain you’ll be able to live and work in Canada, you can begin preparing for the licensing process.

    There are different paths for obtaining a licence to practice dentistry in Canada, including graduating from a recognized and accredited dentistry program, completion of several assessments – the Equivalency Process, or completion of a two-year qualifying program.

    Additionally, to obtain a licence, one must take the Canadian National Certification Exams. Once these are completed, there are further steps involved in applying for licensure in Ontario. Watch Internationally Trained Applicants to the College for a detailed outline of this process.

    Newly-designed Dispatch magazine now available

    Apr 02 2015

    The February/March issue of Dispatch magazine is now posted on the College website.

    We are very excited about this issue as it features a brand new design from cover to cover. The magazine now seamlessly integrates with the look and feel of our website as well as the College’s other brand assets. It features a more contemporary design, improved layout and typography, and a more visually engaging reader experience. 

    Click here to read Dispatch

    Special Meeting of RCDSO Council - December 16, 2014

    Dec 12 2014

    There will be a Special Meeting of Council on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. The purpose of the meeting is to consider proposed amendments to the College’s By-Law No. 7: The Register and Related Matters, previously recommended to Council and approved, in principle, at its November 13, 2014 meeting.

    Members of the public can attend the meeting at the RCDSO offices, 6 Crescent Road, Toronto in the Hearings Room on the 3rd floor.

    If you wish to attend, please advise Ms. Angie Sherban at the College at (416) 934-5627 or by email at asherban@rcdso.org

    Click here to review recommendations.

    Council Highlights for November 13, 2014

    Nov 17 2014

    Council Highlights for the RCDSO Council meeting held on November 13, 2014 is now available on the College website. 

    Click here to read the latest Council Highlights

    If you have any questions, please contact RCDSO Registrar Irwin Fefergrad by phone at 416-934-5625, toll-free at 1-800-565-4591 or by e-mail at ifefergrad@rcdso.org.  

    Important Information about Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68)

    Oct 20 2014


    Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is a specific enterovirus that causes respiratory illness. Symptoms range from a mild cold-like illness with coughing and wheezing to severe infections that require hospitalization.

     

    The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has been working with Public Health Ontario and other partners to monitor for and provide timely guidance regarding the recent circulation of EV-D68 in the United States and Canada.


    For general information about EV-D68 and recommended infection prevention and control measures click here.


    For detailed guidance about routine and additional contact and droplet precautions and screening protocols to prevent the transmission of EV-D68 click here.

    Province Enhancing Measures to Prepare For Ebola Virus Disease

    Oct 17 2014


    The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has issued a news release about its plan to take action to enhance the province's readiness to contain and treat any potential case of Ebola in the province. The Ministry states that these measures will further protect the safety of all Ontarians, including health care workers.


    “The safety of the Ontario public, including our dedicated health care workers, is my top priority – and I am committed to doing everything necessary to protect their safety," said Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minster of Health and Long-Term Care. "These enhanced measures will make our preparedness even stronger, and I will continue to work in partnership with our health care providers including our dedicated frontline health care workers to enhance our ability to safely contain and treat any infectious illness. I will continue to monitor the situation and work closely with the Interim Chief Medical Officer of Health to ensure the safety and protection of all Ontarians.”


    Click here to read the news release from the Ministry in its entirety.


    Important Information about Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)

    Oct 15 2014


    Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a severe disease that causes haemorrhagic fever in humans and animals. Diseases that cause Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers, such as Ebola, are often fatal as they affect the body’s vascular system and can lead to significant internal bleeding and organ failure.


    As stated by the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, Dr. Gregory Taylor, who attended a meeting of the Council of Chief Medical Officers of Health to discuss the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa on October 14, 2014, “the risk to Canadians remains very low. The Ebola virus itself does not spread easily from person to person; it is not like the flu. Ebola is spread by touching the body fluids (for example blood, saliva, secretions) of a person sick with the disease or someone who has died from it."


    For the full statement by Dr. Taylor, click here.


    Provincially, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is working with Public Health Ontario and other partners on clinical and public health preparedness.


    For the latest memo from the Interim Chief Medical Officer of Health of Ontario click here.


    For a screening tool for dental offices from Public Health Ontario click here.


    For geographical areas affected by EVD click here.


    For infection prevention and control guidelines for EVD from Public Health Ontario click here.


    Best Practice Advice About Multidose Vials

    Oct 03 2014


    With recent media stories about a hepatitis C outbreak at several Toronto colonoscopy clinics between 2011 and 2013 possibly connected to the use of multidose vials, it is timely to review the best practice advice issued by Public Health Ontario about multidose vials.

    Public Health Ontario states that the use of multidose vials should be avoided whenever possible. If they are used:

    • Never re-enter a vial with a used needle/syringe.
    • Access all vials using a new sterile syringe, needle/cannula for each access and adhere to aseptic technique.
    • See the product leaflet for recommended duration of use after entry of multidose vials.
    • Cleanse the access diaphragm of vials using friction and 70% alcohol. Allow to dry before inserting a needle into the vial.
    • Mark the product with the date it was first used to facilitate discarding at the appropriate time.
    • Discard opened multidose medication vials according to the manufacturer’s instructions or 28 days after opening, whichever is shorter.
    • Use multidose medication vials for a single patient whenever possible.
    • Never leave a needle in a multidose vial.
    • Discard medication vials if sterility is questioned or compromised.

    If you need more information about best practices for infection prevention and control, refer to the Infection Prevention and Control for Clinical Office Practice from the Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee and the College’s Guideline on Infection Prevention  and Control in the Dental Office

    Scheduled System Maintenance to Member Resource Centre and Public Register

    Sep 19 2014


    The College's Member Resource Centre and Public Register will be unavailable starting on September 19, 2014 at 9pm. Both will be back online by 12am on September 20.

    Thank you for your patience.

    Chief Medical Officer of Health Statement on Patient Being Tested For Ebola Virus Disease in Ontario

    Aug 13 2014


    Dr. Graham Pollett, Interim Chief Medical Officer of Health, issued a statement on testing currently underway on a patient who recently travelled from Africa and presented with symptoms such as fever, headache and malaise.

    Read the full statement here.

    Now Legal for Ontario Dentists to Treat Spouses

    Jul 10 2014


    As President of the College, I am delighted to announce that we have just received confirmation from government officials that the regulation passed by Council to allow for treatment of spouses by Ontario dentists is formally approved. This means that any College member can now legally provide dental treatment to his/her spouse.

    The College is extremely grateful to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Dr. Eric Hoskins, and the government of Premier Kathleen Wynne for their tremendous support.

    From the very beginning, Council has shown leadership on this important issue. Our robust advocacy has helped win the day. There is no question that this positive outcome is also due to the tireless efforts of many individual dentists and of the broader dental community, including our colleagues at the Ontario Dental Association.

    The College has been unwavering in its focus to move this matter forward, from its appearances before the Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council (HPRAC) to its personal meetings with the previous Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and with the chair of HPRAC. Once Bill 70 - the bill that would amend the Regulated Health Professions Act - was passed in early November 2013 by the Ontario Legislature, Council did everything in its power to expedite the rest of the legislative process.

    Council held a special meeting on January 24, 2014 to pass the regulation needed to enact the legislation. Then the College spent countless hours in working with government to move the regulation along as quickly as possible through the Ministry of Health. On March 5, College representatives – I and Registrar Irwin Fefergrad – signed the official copy of the regulation and had it hand delivered the same day to Ministry officials.

    Now the final step in this arduous voyage is complete.

    ​Dr. Peter Trainor
    President, RCDSO

    Special Meeting of Council - January 24, 2014

    Dec 19 2013


    There will be a Special Meeting of Council on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to approve the proposed regulation amendment that would allow dentists to treat their spouses, previously recommended to Council and approved, in principle, at its November 14, 2013 meeting.

    Members of the public can attend the meeting at the RCDSO offices, 6 Crescent Road, Toronto, in the Hearings Room on the 3rd floor.

    If you wish to attend, please advise Ms. Angie Sherban at the College at (416) 934-5627 or email: asherban@rcdso.org.

    Click here to review the proposed regulation amendment.

    College Supports Spousal Exception in RHPA

    Oct 02 2013


    This afternoon College President Dr. Peter Trainor and Registrar Irwin Fefergrad appeared before the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly at Queen’s Park to make the College’s presentation regarding Bill 70, An Act to amend the Regulated Health Professions Act (Spousal Exception), 2013.

    Dr. Trainor’s presentation emphasized the College’s position: RCDSO is in support of the Bill 70 amendment of the definition of sexual abuse in the RHPA to allow a dentist to treat his or her spouse assuming a normal, healthy relationship.

    The College is pleased that Bill 70 gives each regulator the discretion to deal with this issue by way of creating a Regulation which would need government approval. Thousands and thousands of dentists in this province have treated their spouses responsibly, safely and without any cause for concern. It would be an injustice to prevent dentists from continuing to do so, explained Dr. Trainor.

    Dr. Trainor emphasized that our College understands its role to protect the public by dealing with reported cases of sexual abuse in a sensitive, respectful and effective manner.

    He outlined our history as a responsive and responsible regulator and assured the Legislature that the public of Ontario should have full confidence in the College’s ability to deal with sexual abuse matters with all integrity and vigour as intended in the original RHPA legislation.

    Click here to read Dr. Trainor's full presentation.

    Click here to read the Bill 70 amendment to the RHPA 

    Special Meeting of Council - August 14, 2013

    Jul 25 2013


    There will be a Special Meeting of Council on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to approve proposed amendments to the College’s By-Law No. 4: Fees, previously recommended to Council and approved, in principle, at its May 9, 2013 meeting.

    Members of the public can attend the meeting at the RCDSO offices, 6 Crescent Road, Toronto, in the Hearings Room on the 3rd floor.

    If you wish to attend, please advise Ms. Angie Sherban at the College at (416) 934-5627 or email: asherban@rcdso.org.

    Click here to review recommendations.

    Novel Coronavirus Update

    Jun 17 2013


    The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in collaboration with Public Health Ontario (PHO) and the Public Health Agency of Canada have created a tool related to novel coronavirus for the health care sector.

    Click here to read the document issued by Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health

    Health Canada Notice - Recognize and Report Serious and Unexpected Adverse Reactions

    Apr 19 2013


    Health Canada collects information regarding problems with medical devices and reports of adverse reactions related to prescription and non-prescription medications. In addition, the instruments, equipment and materials that dentists use are regulated under Health Canada’s Medical Devices Regulations. Dentists may serve as an important source of information on problems related to such health products and to unexpected or serious reactions to medications and other therapeutics.

    Access the Health Canada notice by clicking here.

    The College has published articles on this topic in past issues of Dispatch.

    Illegal or Counterfiet Dental Materials - Aug/Sept 2008
    Dentists need to ensure dental materials are safe and effective - Aug/Sept 2008
    Reporting suspected adverse reactions and problems with medical devices - Feb/March 2011

    New Guideline for the Prevention of Orthopaedic Implant Infection in Patients Undergoing Dental Procedures

    Dec 19 2012


    The American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) have released a new evidence-based guideline on the Prevention of Orthopaedic Implant Infection in Patients Undergoing Dental Procedures. The new guideline has three recommendations and replaces the previous 2009 AAOS Information Statement on Antibiotic Prophylaxis for Bacteremia in Patients with Joint Replacement.

    The College sent out an email blast on this subject, which you can access by clicking here.

    RCDSO Election Results

    Dec 13 2012

    Ballots cast in the recent election were counted yesterday at the College and the following are the results of the dentists elected, plus a list of the Council members who were acclaimed. These election results are subject to confirmation by Council at its meeting on Wednesday, January 16, 2013.

    Subject to confirmation by Council, the following members were elected:

    Dr. Elizabeth MacSween   District 1 
    Dr. David Clark   District 2
    Dr. John Kalbfleisch    District 4
    Dr. Lawrence Davidge    District 5 
    Dr. Joseph Stasko    District 6 
     Dr. Sven Grail   District 9
    Dr. Flavio Turchet   District 10 

    The following members were acclaimed in their electoral districts:

    Dr. Lisa Mary Kelly   District 3
    Dr. Peter Trainor    District 7
    Dr. Ronald Yarascavitch   District 8 
    Dr. Robert Carroll    District 11 
    Dr. David Segal    District 12 

    The College owes a debt of gratitude to all the candidates who demonstrated their commitment to self-regulation by putting their names forward in this electoral process. This level of involvement by dentists is an important indication of the vibrancy of self-regulation among the profession. Again, thank you to all who participated and to those who took the time to cast a ballot.

    College Launches New Website

    Dec 03 2012

    On December 1, 2012, the College officially launched the new www.rcdso.org. This new site provides you with quick, easy access to services and information and includes several new exciting features that will significantly improve your online experience.

    The goal was to tailor the website experience to the different audiences that visit our site, including members, applicants and the public. All information on the website is accessible to everyone, but we’ve added a new home page for each audience group that will stream visitors to information they might be interested in.

    This site offers a simplified navigation structure so that you can access information in as many ways as possible. No matter what page or section of the site you are on, the new design presents you with many navigation options to help you find what you need.

    For more information on the new features please read the latest issue of Dispatch, our quarterly membership magazine.