News and Alerts

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.

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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

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

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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.