Updated April 3
Practice Guidelines - Emergency/Critical Health Care
Effective March 27, 2020, the Government of Alberta has mandated an immediate and mandatory suspension of all non-emergency and non-critical dental health services. This suspension of services prohibits Albertans from accessing non-emergency and non-critical health care services provided by Regulated Health Professionals, including Dentists and Denturists. You can find more information regarding the Public Health Order here.
As a result, all Dental Technologists/Technicians are advised that they must not be providing services that are non-emergency or non-critical. Dental Technologists/Technicians can continue to provide services only to Dentists and Denturists and must adhere to the guidelines for Emergency/Essential services:
The Alberta Dental Association & College has released Guidelines on Emergency Dental Treatment.
The College of Alberta Denturists has released Guidelines for essential services.
Dental Technologists and Technicians must use appropriate Professional judgment in assessing whether work is considered emergency/critical and must adhere to the appropriate guidelines for Emergency/Essential services.
COLLEGE OF DENTAL TECHNOLOGISTS OF ALBERTA
NOMINATION AND ELECTION COMMITTEE REPORT
APRIL 3, 2020
Chief Electoral Officer – Jeff VanDamme
Committee Member- Lisa Basler
Committee Member – Stephanie Bruni-Bossio
Committee Member- Nycole Yacey
Notice of Election
A Notice of Election was circulated to Regulated Members of the College of Dental Technologists of Alberta (CDTA) on February 21st, 2020. The Notice of Election was also posted on the CDTA website. Accompanying the Notice of Election was a call for Nominations, Nomination Form and request for Nominees to provide documentation in support of their Nomination. A deadline of March 13, 2020 was set for Nominations to be submitted.
Nomination Review and Approval
The Nomination and Election Committee met via tele-meeting on March 19th, 2020 to review the nominations. In total six (6) nominations were received and reviewed. All six (6) nominations were found to be complete and valid and were approved by the Committee.
Appointment of Council
In accordance with CDTA Bylaws, at its meeting held on March 19th, 2020, the Nomination and Election Committee passed a motion appointing the six (6) Nominees to Council.
Council is appointed as follows:
Yousef (Joe) Sleiman
Jeff Van Damme, Chief Electoral Officer
College of Dental Technologists of Alberta
You can access Councillor Bios here
2020 Annual General Meeting - CANCELLED
After careful consideration, given the extraordinary circumstances related to COVID-19, the CDTA Council has made the decision to cancel the 2020 Annual General Meeting. All documents typically presented at the Annual General Meeting, including the 2019 audited financial statements will be prepared and circulated to Members via email for review.
The last meeting of the current Council will be held on April 30th. Immediately following the meeting on April 30th, powers and duties of Council will transition immediately to the newly appointed Council.
2020 Practical Examinations Cancelled
To ensure the health and safety of exam candidates and College staff, as a result of the current COVID-19 situation, the 2020 Practical Exams scheduled for April 14, 15, 16, 16, 2020, are cancelled until further notice.
The CDTA will continue to monitor the situation and exams will be rescheduled at a later date.
The COVID-19 pandemic can have a significant impact on Albertans' mental health.
Resources are available if you need a little extra support, advice on handling stressful situations, or ways to talk to children.
- Mental health and coping with COVID-19 (CDC)
- Talking with children about COVID-19 (CDC)
- Help in Tough Times (AHS)
If you or someone you know is at risk of family violence, help is available.
- Call our 24-hour Family Violence Info Line at 310-1818 to get anonymous help in over 170 languages.
- Find information on shelter and financial supports
- Learn how to recognize and prevent family violence
Alberta Health Services has made the following updates to the self-isolation guidelines:
To protect the health and safety of Albertans, law enforcement agencies now have full authority to enforce public health orders and issue fines for violations.
- Mandatory 14-day self-isolation for returning international travellers or close contacts of people with confirmed COVID-19.
- Mandatory 10-day self-isolation for people with symptoms that are not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition: cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat.
When providing emergency or critical services Members must also follow appropriate Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines and use Personal Protective Equipment.
You can access the Alberta Health Services IPC recommendations for COVID-19 here.
Registrants who elect to continue to provide emergency or critial dental technology services, must take every necessary precaution. Please review and keep up to date on the following information to ensure safety in your practice:
- AHS Screening Criteria https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/assets/info/ppih/if-ppih-ncov-case-def.pdf
- Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services for the most up-to-date information
- ADA&C Infection Prevention and Control Standards
- Members are required to self-isolate as per Government recommendations
- Occupation Health and Safety (OH&S) requirements
Registrants who meet the self-isolation criteria recommended by Government MUST follow the guidelines. Failure to adhere to the self-isolation guidelines may result in disciplinary action by the CDTA.
Duty to Report
You are reminded that, as a Regulated Member, if you have any knowledge or reason to suspect the existence of a nuisance or threat that is or may be injurious or dangerous to the public health, that you must immediately notify the Medical Officer of Health by the fastest means possible. This could mean patients or other Regulated Health Professionals who meet self-isolation criteria and who are not self-isolating.
You are also required, by Legislation, to report immediately to the Regulated Member's respective College.
For those whose employment is affected the Government is offering the following Covid-19 employment and social development information:
- COVID-19 Employment and Social Development Canada, including Employment Insurance and Employee Rights
- Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: Support for Canadians and Businesses, including Income Support, Emergency Care Benefit and Emergency Support Benefit
- Employment Insurance, including regular and sickness benefits
- COVID-19 Support for Employers and Employees
- Alberta Health Service’s Help in Tough Times resource
This information can help you navigate COVID-19 and learn about what the Government is doing to help Canadians facing unemployment and financial hardship.
The information in this update is intended as general information only and Registrants should contact the appropriate Government agencies for the most accurate and up to date information.
Although the CDTA will continue to operate, staff will not be working in the office and all in-person meetings and activities of the College are suspended until further notice.
The Registrar/Executive Director will have access to email and voice messages during this period and will respond to urgent calls and emails as quickly as possible. Access to the office is restricted until further notice.
If you have further questions for the College, please contact us either by phone or email. We are experiencing a high call volume and appreciate your patience during this time.
These measures are in place until further notice and the CDTA is monitoring the situation closely. The situation is rapidly changing and updates will be available on the website as information becomes available. We encourage you to check our announcements page to keep yourself informed https://cdta.ca/announcements
Any urgent information will be shared via email.
February 21, 2020- MANDATORY CONTINUING EDUCATION
On April 1, 2019, Bill 21 “An Act to Protect Patients”, came into force in Alberta. As a requirement of Bill 21, all Regulated health care professionals are required to complete mandatory Education.
In collaboration with the AFRHP, Educational resources were developped to meet the requirements of Bill 21.
“Protecting Patients from Sexual Abuse and Misconduct”
This course is a 1-hour course, consisting of three modules, designed for Regulated healthcare professionals.
1. An Introduction to An Act to Protect Patients
2. Preventing Sexual Abuse and Sexual Misconduct
3. When Sexual Abuse and Sexual Misconduct Has Occurred
There is NO tracking available for this course. The course does not allow users to close and return to the course. Please allow sufficient time to fully complete the course.
Upon completion, Members will be required to print a personalized certificate. (IMPORTANT: Pop-ups must be enabled in your browser in order to print the certificate. Once you have closed your browser, you cannot return to print the certificate)
This course must be completed by all regulated members prior to August 1st, 2020. Proof of completion must be uploaded into the Member Management system for verification:
Step 1: log on to www.cdta.ca
Step 2: In the top righthand corner of the screen click on Hello DT _ _ _ _
Step 3: Click on “My CDTA CE Documents”
Step 4: Upload CE certificate, SAVE
This training is required under Provincial Legislation and therefore, Regulated Members who have not completed the course prior to August 1st, 2020, will not be eligible to renew their Practice Permits for the 2021 registration year.
January 20th, 2020 - Notice of Election
An election of Council will take place on April 17, 2020. In accordance with CDTA Bylaw 5.2.7, the election will be conducted by use of electronic ballot through the member management system at http://www.cdta.ca. Ballots must be cast prior to Thursday April 17th, 2020 at 4:00 pm.
Election results will be announced and ratified at the 2020 Spring Annual General Meeting.
The Nomination Package is available here:
Completed nominations should be submitted to the College via email to members firstname.lastname@example.org, prior to 4 pm on March 13th, 2020.
November 26, 2019
The Bylaws of the College of Dental Technologists of Alberta have been amended by Council effective November 21, 2019. You can access the Bylaws at:
April 15, 2019
The Council is please to announce that the three positions of Complaints Director, Examination Coordinator and Competence Coordinator have been filled.
Carolyn Kincade has been appointed as Complaints Director for the CDTA. Carolyn is a Graduate of the NAIT Dental Technology program. She has been registered as and RDT (Restricted Activites Authorization) with the CDTA since her graduation in 2007. She also completed a bachelor of technology (technology management) at NAIT in 2017. Carolyn has been an active participant on several CDTA committees.
Carolyn can be reached at: email@example.com
Jason Lohr has been appointed as Examination Coordinator. Jason is a graduate of the NAIT Dental Technology program. Jason has been registered as an RDT (Restricted Activities Authorization) with the CDTA since 2004. Jason previously worked as an instructor in the Dental Technology program at NAIT. He also spent time as the associate chair of the NAIT Dental Technology program. Currently, Jason owns and operates a dental lab. Jason has served as Chair of the CDTA's REC Committee and Education Committee for several years.
Jason can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathryn Davies has been appointed as Competence Coordinator. Kathryn is also a graduate of the NAIT Dental Technology program. She has been a long time Member of the CDTA and has worked in several different roles throughout her career as a Dental Technologist. Her work experience spans all competencies of Dental Technology. Kathy has previously served on the CDTA's Competence Committee.
Kathy can be reached at: email@example.com
The College Office has Moved
The new College address is:
# 304 13220 St. Albert Trail
Edmonton, AB T5L 4W1
Bill 21 – An Act to Protect Patients
The Alberta government recently introduced new Legislation in Alberta, designed to protect patients from sexual abuse and sexual misconduct, increase survivor supports, and require more transparency for regulatory colleges.
The new legislation applies to all health professionals regulated under the Health Professions Act, including all Dental Technologists and Technicians in the Province of Alberta.
Portions of Bill 21, mostly affecting new applications, are in effect as of November 19, 2018. Most of the new legislative requirements come into effect on April 1, 2019.
Mandatory Disciplinary Actions
Mandatory permanent cancellation of a Regulated Member’s practice permit will occur when a hearing tribunal finds a regulated member’s actions constitute sexual abuse, or if the regulated member is convicted of a sexual offence, assault or disorderly conduct conviction under the Criminal Code.
When a hearing tribunal finds a regulated member’s actions constitute sexual misconduct, there will be a mandatory suspension of the Regulated Member’s practice permit for a minimum of five years.
Regulatory College Requirements
In order to comply with Bill 21, the CDTA is required to create new standards of practice, develop a patient relations program which includes mandatory training programs for all Regulated Members, Council Members, Disciplinary Committee Members, including Public Members, and College staff as well as provide funding for patients who allege sexual abuse or misconduct.
Standards of Practice
Prior to December 31st, 2018, Colleges must establish new standards of practice for sexual abuse and sexual misconduct that must be approved by the Minister of Health.
The new standards of practice must include a definition of “patient” and create rules for when sexual relationships can occur with patients.
Patient Relations Program
Regulatory colleges must provide funding for treatment and counseling for patients who have alleged sexual abuse or sexual misconduct by a Regulated Member.
Regulatory Colleges must develop and enforce mandatory training programs for all Regulated Members, Council, Disciplinary Committee Members, and Staff to prevent and address sexual abuse and misconduct.
Colleges must post Regulated Members’ discipline history of sexual abuse or misconduct on a public-facing website.
As mentioned above, the CDTA is required to develop and enforce training requirements under Bill 21 for all Regulated Members, Council Members, Disciplinary Committee Members, including Public Members, and College staff as well as provide funding for patients who allege sexual abuse or misconduct.
Every Regulated Member of the CDTA will be required to complete the training.
Additionally, the CDTA will be required to establish a fund for patients who allege sexual abuse of misconduct. The required amount of the fund is currently unknown.
In order to comply with requirements under Bill 21, large financial expenditures will be required by the CDTA and its Members.
The CDTA staff are working diligently to meet the new regulatory requirements under Bill 21. Due to the significant workload and extremely tight timelines of Bill 21, CDTA staff will be focusing on the Bill and may not be immediately available to respond to inquiries. Your patience is appreciated while we work through the process.
Proposed amendments to the Standards of Practice will be circulated to the
Continuing Competence Credits and attendance at AGM and FGM Meetings
Members currently earn six "non-technical" continuing competence credits for attendance at either the AGM of FGM and the CDTA recognizes that this may be a concern for some Members. Credits earned for attendance at both the AGM and FGM exceed the number of “non-technical” credits allowed in each cycle. Members are required to obtain 60 credits over 5-years, 2/3 (40 Credits) of which must be “technical credits”. Which means that during a 5-year cycle only three Members Meetings or other non-technical activities, may be used towards the credit requirements outlined in the Dental Technologists Profession Regulation.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding Continuing Competence Credits please contact Competency Manager Bob Westlake @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Council would like to encourage Members to provide feedback regarding the Bylaw Amendments or the change to the FGM via email to email@example.com.
ACCESS TO DENTAL TECHNOLOGY PROJECT
October 13, 2017
Below is a case summary of a recent investigation into a Regulated Member of the CDTA. This information is provided to inform Members regarding the disciplinary process under the Health Professions Act.
In December 2015 and January 2016 Complaints were received from two individuals concerning a Registered Dental Technologist. The complaints were investigated by the College’s Complaints Director and the following allegations were referred to a discipline hearing before a Hearing Tribunal pursuant to the Health Professions Act of Alberta:
In or about 2015 or 2016 or both you provided professional services outside the scope of practice of a Dental Technologist;
In or about 2015 or 2016 or both you engaged in a restricted activity or activities without authorization, contrary to the Government Organization Act, R.S.A. 2000, c. G-10, Schedule 7.1, section 4; and
In or about 2015 or 2016 or both, you engaged in advertising or holding out or both of professional services that were untruthful, inaccurate or otherwise capable of misleading or misinforming the public, contrary to the Health Professions Act, R.S.A. 2000, c. H-7, section 102.
The Hearing Tribunal found the three allegations proven and imposed sanctions. The Dental Technologist appealed the matter to the Council of the College and following an appeal hearing, the Council Appeal Panel found that allegations 1 and 2 overlapped and upheld the Hearing Tribunal’s finding on only one of them. The Appeal Panel also upheld the Hearing Tribunal’s finding of unprofessional conduct on allegation 3. The Council Appeal Panel varied the sanctions such that the following sanctions were imposed:
Suspension of the Dental Technologist’s practice permit for 30 days;
Suspension of the Dental Technologist’s restricted activities authorization for one year;
Order for the Dental Technologist to write letters to each patient for whom he provided a fixed or removable partial or complete denture, a fixed or removable orthodontic or periodontal appliance or an implant-supported prosthesis over the preceding two years notifying the patients that he may have omitted to refer them to a Denturist or Dentist to verify the final fit of their denture, appliance or prosthesis and advising them to see a Denturist or Dentist as soon as possible.
Costs of the hearing and 75% of the costs of the appeal in the total amount of $30,588.14.
September 13, 2017
Online renewals have been activated for the 2018 registration year. Please log on to www.cdta.ca and renew prior to the November 1st deadline. Please be aware that renewals must be completed prior to 11:59 pm on October 31st. Late Fees will automatically apply to any renewal completed after the deadline. Anyone requiring a status change must contact the College office. Members are not able to change their own registration status during the renewal process.
The online renewal page can be found at www.cdta.ca under "Member Area" - "2018 Online Practice Permit Renewal".
If you are experiencing difficulty logging in, please e-mail the College office at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond with your log on information as soon as possible.
There is a $10.00 fee for a paper renewal form should you require one, again, please e-mail the College office to request an invoice for the form.
The Fall General Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, October 22 @ 1:00 pm at the Baymont Inn and Suites 4311 49 Ave, Red Deer, AB.
May 15, 2017
The Spring AGM was held on Saturday, May 13th, 2017. In total 138 Members were in attendance at the meeting. The College would like to thank those Members who took the time to participate in the AGM.
The Bylaw Amendments to CDTA Bylaw 5.2 were approved and the updated Bylaws can be found at http://cdta.ca/cdta-documents. The 2016 audited Financial Statements are also available at http://cdta.ca/cdta-documents.
The College is pleased to introduce the newly elected Council as follows:
Treasurer/Finance Committee Chair
Forming an Alberta Association of Dental Technology
A presentation was given to the Membership at the AGM regarding the possibility of starting a Provincial Association of Dental Technology. The College of Dental Technologists of Alberta (CDTA) is a regulatory College, governed by provincial legislation and is not authorized to perform the functions of an association. Major benefits of forming an association include:
- Establishment of a Fee Guide
- Public Awareness Campaign
- Social Activities
- Group Benefits
Anyone who is interested in helping to organize or who would be interested in joining an association can get in touch at email@example.com.
If you have any questions regarding Spectrum Day, we advise you to contact them directly for the latest information.
April 19, 2016
RE: Work-share program
During these challenging economic times, many Dental Laboratories are finding it difficult to remain profitable even after going through a series of layoffs and/or reduction in the number of employee hours of work. With that being said, the College of Dental Technologists has recently become aware of a Work share program offered by the Government of Canada that provides for income support to allow Employers to retain their employees.
More information regarding the program can be found on Service Canada’s website at:
Or via Phone at: 1-866-891-5319
College of Dental Technologists
December 15, 2015
The Regulation Amendments approved by the Regulated Members at the October 25, 2015 Fall General Meeting have been forwarded to Alberta Health for review and comment.
These Regulation amendments are not in force until approved by the Government of Alberta.
Regulated Members are required to follow the current Dental Technologists Profession Regulation (Alberta Regulation 243/2004) until amendments are approved.