Council Highlights

May 11,  2017


This publication is emailed out to members and posted online on the College’s website within two working days after each Council meeting. It covers some of the key highlights of Council business. We welcome your feedback. If you have questions about any of these items, please contact RCDSO Registrar Irwin Fefergrad at 416-934-5625, toll-free at 1-800- 565-4591, or by email at


The 413th meeting of the RCDSO Council was held in Toronto on May 11, 2017.

Council president Ron Yarascavitch welcomed Council and spoke of his pride in recent accomplishments of the College. He emphasized the importance of the work the College has done on Bill 87 and complimented Council on its leadership in putting patients first. Ron said that he was grateful that Executive Committee member Marianne Park had been able to address the Standing Committee of the legislature that has been looking at Bill 87 and to tell them about the value of public members and the changes we have made to address sexual abuse. He also thanked David Segal for drawing on more than 35 years of experience to tell the committee about the value of providing better information to the public.

Registrar Irwin Fefergrad picked up this theme and asked Council to think about the future. He asked: what does success look like? How can we make and influence change? We know that much of what is called for in Bill 87 is already in place at the College; we are well established as a leader on transparency, for example.

Irwin made clear that more changes are coming; we have yet to see the regulations associated with Bill 87 and there is little doubt that the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care will make use of powers to make new regulations as required. The key, said Irwin, is to learn to “reframe” current circumstances and to find the opportunities for improvement. “It is always best to take the high road,” he told Council; “there is much less traffic there!”

Irwin mentioned the approach of Harry Cayton, the chief executive of the Professional Standards Authority in the UK. Mr. Cayton advises regulators that in a complex and changing world, they should return to basic principles and focus on reducing or eliminating patient risk and patient harm. This approach is already underway at our College - the risk assessment tool used by ICRC measures patient harm and patient risk and gives those elements priority. In closing, Irwin said the College has been successful because when we meet challenges we look for opportunities.

In Council business:

  • Our new public member, Ram Chopra, was introduced by President Yarascavitch and presented with a Council pin.
  • Council agreed with an Executive Committee recommendation that they establish a working group to review our advertising guidelines. Ted Callaghan will chair the group.
  • Ram Chopra was appointed to the Discipline Committee.
  • The Audit Committee reported that the College continues to be in a strong financial position. The Auditor’s Report indicated that we continue to meet all appropriate accounting standards.
  • The Patient Relations Committee presented forms to be used to apply for legal support for people testifying at a discipline hearing about sexual abuse and/or boundary violations of a sexual nature. Once a referral of specified allegations of professional misconduct has been made to the Discipline Committee the complainant/individual can complete the forms, which will be found on the College’s website.
  • The Quality Assurance Committee reported that revised conflict of interest guidelines have been prepared. The revised document will be circulated for comment to all members and interested stakeholders for a 60 day period.
  • David Segal will chair a working group to review the College’s Guidelines on Infection Prevention and Control in the Dental Office and provide recommendations to the Quality Assurance Committee and Council regarding its revision.

A special presentation was made to Council by Anna Greenberg, Health Quality Ontario’s Vice-President, Health System Performance. She is responsible for designing and implementing a comprehensive strategy to improve performance monitoring and public reporting in Ontario.

Health Quality Ontario, a structure set up by the Ontario government, approached us to talk about our work on opioids and to consider what data might be shared. Ms Greenberg spoke of the work of Health Quality Ontario and complimented the college for being ahead of the curve with its Guidelines on the Role of Opioids in the Management of Acute and Chronic Pain in Dental Practice. She said it was vitally important to look at the available data and use it to provide supports to dentists and others to help combat the opioid crisis.

The next meeting the RCDSO Council will be November 16, 2017.