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  • 2 Nov 2022 10:26 AM | Heather Plewes-LaBerge (Administrator)

    DIAC Executive Director, Rhonda Lawson, and Manager of Communications and Member Services, Heather Plewes-LaBerge, were honoured to be invited to attend the ADTO's recent Black-Tie and Awards Gala at the CN Tower.

    Our member company Ivoclar sponsored the event.

    Photos feature Rhonda, Heather, Rob Mior of Ivoclar, ADTO President Karim Sahil, ADTO Administrator Veronica Ng, and others. 

    DIAC would like to thank the ADTO for the generous invitation and congratulate the event organizers on a lovely evening in a very memorable space!



  • 30 Sep 2022 12:50 PM | Heather Plewes-LaBerge (Administrator)

    September 26, 2022 - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    CDC Updates Healthcare IPC Guidance for SARS-CoV-2

    On Friday, CDC updated the following infection prevention and control (IPC) guidance documents for U.S. healthcare settings:

    These updates have been made to reflect the high levels of vaccine- and infection-induced immunity and the availability of effective treatments and prevention tools. Additionally, to streamline and consolidate existing healthcare IPC guidance, the Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations to Prevent SARS-CoV-2 Spread in Nursing Homes | CDC was archived. However, relevant information for nursing homes not otherwise covered in Sections 1 and 2 of the main healthcare IPC guidance have now been incorporated into Section 3: Setting-specific considerations.

    CDC recommends healthcare facilities reference updated Community Transmission metrics on a weekly basis to inform facility-level actions. Community Transmission remains the metric used to guide select actions in healthcare settings, which is different than the COVID-19 Community Levels used for non-healthcare settings. Community Transmission is used to allow for earlier intervention, before there is strain on the healthcare system, and to better protect the individuals seeking medical care in these settings.

    Summary of Key Updates:

    • Vaccination status is no longer used to inform source control, screening testing, or post-exposure recommendations.
    • Updated circumstances when universal use of source control is recommended, and universal use of personal protective equipment (PPE) should be considered.
    • Updated recommendations for testing frequency in asymptomatic individuals following exposure to someone with SARS-CoV-2 infection.
    • In general, Nucleic Acid Amplification Test, or NAAT is preferred, when possible, for testing asymptomatic individuals.
    • Clarified that screening testing of asymptomatic healthcare personnel, including those in nursing homes, is at the discretion of the healthcare facility.
    • Screening testing is recommended for admissions to nursing homes when Community Transmission levels are high.
    • In general, asymptomatic patients no longer require use of Transmission-Based Precautions (quarantine) following close contact with someone with SARS-CoV-2 infection and asymptomatic healthcare personnel (HCP) no longer require work restriction following a higher-risk exposure.
    • Clarified the types of long-term care settings for whom the healthcare IPC recommendations apply.

    These updates provide additional protection measures for patients and healthcare workers, especially in hospitals and nursing homes, where COVID-19 is more likely to spread quickly or cause severe disease if introduced.

    Healthcare personnel continue to be on the front line of the nation’s fight against COVID-19. By providing critical care to those who are or might be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, some healthcare personnel are at increased risk of infection from COVID-19. CDC recommends healthcare personnel get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible. Examples of what it means to be “up to date” with vaccinations are described in Stay Up to Date with Your Vaccines.

    Dental healthcare personnel (DHCP) should regularly consult their state dental boards and state or local health departments for current information and recommendations and requirements specific to their jurisdictions, which might change based on level of community transmission in the county where their healthcare facility is located. As a reminder, DHCP are licensed by their state regulatory body and should practice according to their state dental practice acts or other relevant regulations.

  • 22 Jun 2022 4:28 PM | Heather Plewes-LaBerge (Administrator)

    CLICK HERE to read the May issue of Health Canada's Health Product InfoWatch.

    To receive the Health Product InfoWatch and notifications of health product advisories electronically, subscribe to MedEffectTM eNotice or to MedEffectTM Canada RSS feeds.

  • 9 Jun 2022 5:31 PM | Heather Plewes-LaBerge (Administrator)

    Health Canada has been approached regarding the attached notice of withdrawal from MDSAP by LRQA and they provided the following response:

    While we do not yet have a transition strategy that we can make public, I can assure you that our intent is to ensure that affected companies benefit from a reasonable transition period and to avoid suspending licences. We are currently still discussing a path forward with LRQA and our MDSAP partners and do not intend to take any punitive action towards the affected manufacturers for something that is out of their control.

    We hope to have a transition strategy to share with the affected companies soon; in the interim please rest easy knowing that we do not foresee taking any action against the affected licences.


  • 27 May 2022 6:01 PM | Heather Plewes-LaBerge (Administrator)

    Obituary courtesy of Kearney Funeral Services

    It is with profound sadness that we announce that Al Heaps, as he was known to his family, many friends and business colleagues, passed away on May 20, 2022. Al lived a rich life, full of achievements and adventures. A loving brother, brother in-law, uncle, great uncle and friend, he will be deeply missed by all who knew and were close to him. Predeceased by his parents, Thelma and Joe, sisters June and Janice, and brothers Fred, Bob, Bill and Leonard. Survived by sisters Mary Lou, Nancy and Lila, and brothers Bert, Douglas, Michael, Donald and Patrick. As an uncle to Ben, Mikaela, Emily Jo, Todd, Darrell, Kim, Michelle, Tanya, Sean, Alison and Andrew, Al provided many great memories of love, laughter and cherished moments. This enduring love will live forever in all of us and in the generations after us.

    Al will be remembered for his kindness and generosity; his willingness to lend a hand and support whenever called; and, as the brother who would go all out to gather the family together whenever possible: in his home city of Vancouver, his vacation place in Palm Springs or, during his visits to his home town of Toronto.

    Al's business savvy and entrepreneurial spirit allowed him to flourish through a lengthy and successful career. Leveraging his successful sales careers in corporate entities, he ventured out on his own and built what is today a highly successful dental advisory business. Al will be remembered and admired for his integrity, collaborative nature and authenticity.

    An avid tennis player, Al spent many years enjoying his time at the courts at Stanley Park and the Jericho Tennis Club. It was there that many of his friendships began and became lifelong friendships. Al also loved to golf and spent what he described as the best years of his life in Palm Springs, wintering with his Vancouver friends.

    We are so very thankful for the loving care given to Al by Mary Lou and Patrick throughout Al's final days. And we are truly appreciative of love he was shown by family members and friends as his health waned. Al we will always love you.

    In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that you please consider a donation to St. John's Hospice in Vancouver, or, to your preferred charity.


  • 30 Mar 2022 12:25 PM | Heather Plewes-LaBerge (Administrator)

    We are saddened to share the news of the recent passing of Michael Chilibeck, a long time member of the dental supply industry in Canada. 

    On behalf of our members, DiAC would like to express our condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Michael as they mourn his loss. 


  • 4 Mar 2022 10:14 AM | Heather Plewes-LaBerge (Administrator)
    Read the Article Online

    Counterfeit and non-compliant products continue to be a concern for DiAC and its members. Our ongoing education and information campaign with our members, dental associations and other stakeholders ensures the quality of dental products, the support of the dental manufacturers and thus the safety of Canadian dental patients.

    Over the last years of COVID we have seen an increase of on-line purchasing and the increase of counterfeit and non-compliant products entering the Canadian market. Products that are not approved for sale in Canada, especially Class 1 products are making their way into our marketplace as importers/sellers are only required to hold MDEL's to import. Class II-IV products do require product licencing from Health Canada including N95 respirators which have been the most counterfeited product in the market this last couple of years.

    Dr. Richard B. Price and his colleagues have highlighted the risk of purchasing dental products on line and provides some guidance in an article published this month in the Journal of the American Dental Association entitled Caveat emptor when purchasing dental products online. I encourage you to review this article and share it with your customers and stakeholders to articulate the risk to patient safety of buying non-compliant and counterfeit products.  

    The DiAC website has a checklist for dental offices when receiving products to help them identify those legally available for sale in Canada and supported by the manufacturer. DiAC members are also encouraged to share this list with your clients/customers.

    Read the Article


  • 23 Feb 2022 4:58 PM | Heather Plewes-LaBerge (Administrator)

    DiAC will hold its 2022 Annual General Meeting on May 4, 2022 at 4pm EST in Confederation Room 3 at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto, Ontario. 

    Members in good standing may have two representatives in attendance at the meeting but only one vote per member company. 

    Members may download the Official Notice of AGM and proxy nomination form from the Member Resources page on www.diac.ca.

  • 25 Jan 2022 10:45 AM | Heather Plewes-LaBerge (Administrator)

    An Election Notice for DiAC Board of Directors Vacancies has been posted on the Member Communication page of the DiAC website.

    DiAC's Annual General Meeting will take place May 4, 2022 at 4:00pm EST

    CLICK HERE to learn more now.


  • 17 Jan 2022 4:47 PM | Heather Plewes-LaBerge (Administrator)

    Online registration to attend Technorama 2022 is open now! Delegates attend free. CLICK HERE to register now!

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