News & Events

January 6, 2016

Canadian Dental Regulatory Authorities Federation Announces New Executive Director

President of the Canadian Dental Regulatory Authorities Federation (CDRAF) Dr. Brian Rinehart of Fredericton, New Brunswick is pleased to announce the appointment of Diane Legault as the new CDRAF Executive Director, effective January 4, 2016

The Board is delighted to have Dr. Legault join us. These are challenging times for health care regulators as we deal with a number of complex issues, from labour mobility to fair registration practices,” said Dr. Rinehart.

Dr. Legault replaces Irwin Fefergrad, Registrar of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario, who also served as CDRAF Executive Director since its inception in 2004.

Read the full announcement

November 16, 2012

CDRAF/CDA sponsor two-day conference on addiction disease in dentistry

The Canadian Dental Regulatory Authorities Federation and the Canadian Dental Association sponsored and organized a two-day conference on October 12 and 13 in Toronto entitled, On the Road To Wellness: Dealing with Addiction Disease in Dentistry.

During the conference, the nearly 80 participants gained a shared knowledge of the science of addiction and a fundamental understanding of its implications for practice and policy. There were wide-ranging roundtable discussions on how to best support the well-being of the single most valuable asset in the nation`s oral health care system – the dentist.

Other key themes of the roundtables included the appropriate role of regulators and professional associations in addressing substance abuse and what the barriers are for each group in offering assistance.

The conference report, which includes an executive summary, the conference PowerPoint presentations and handouts, can be downloaded below.

Download the report


September 15, 2010


Government of Canada helping internationally trained dentists enter the labour market

The Government of Canada is funding a project that will help internationally trained dentists put their knowledge and skills to work sooner. The Canadian Dental Regulatory Authorities Federation (CDRAF) will receive over $790,000 in Foreign Credential Recognition Program funding for its Assessment of Internationally Trained General Dentists from Non-Accredited Dental Programs project.

"The CDRAF is pleased to receive funding from the Foreign Credential Recognition Program to develop and implement a national assessment program for internationally trained general dentists," said Dr. Cam Witmer, President of the CDRAF. "This important initiative will establish an impartial, objective and fair process, based on nationally agreed upon standards and programs. Canada`s dental regulatory authorities are committed to helping reduce barriers by registering qualified and competent internationally trained dentists in our country."

The project will establish a national process for the assessment of internationally trained dentists. Prior to this initiative, the majority of foreign-trained dentists, who come from non-accredited dental schools, would have been required to undertake additional training and education.

This new process will evaluate whether these individuals already have the same knowledge, skills and competencies as a graduate from an accredited Canadian dental program. Successful completion of this assessment process will enable them to take the national examination through the National Dental Examining Board of Canada. Candidates who pass the exam can then register to practise as a dentist anywhere in Canada.

"Our government is helping internationally educated health professionals enter the labour market to improve the quality of life of all Canadians," said the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, who made the announcement on September 15. "Through Canada`s Economic Action Plan, we are working with partners to develop a common approach to foreign credential recognition. This project contributes to a fair, efficient and timely system that will help internationally trained dentists find work in communities across Canada."

Photo: Dr. Cam Witmer, CDRAF President, with the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.