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  • 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

  • 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!

  • 14 Jan 2022 10:00 AM | Heather Plewes-LaBerge (Administrator)

    Attention Members:

    A New Year's Message from your President/Chair of the Board Henry Doyle and Executive Director Rhonda Lawson has been posted in the new Member Communications page under the Resources tab on the website. 

    We hope you find it encouraging as we look forward to another year of exciting and valuable programming from DiAC. 

  • 3 Jan 2022 5:10 PM | Heather Plewes-LaBerge (Administrator)

    DiAC is excited to announce the Keynote address at Technorama 2022 will be delivered by Mike Girard, the President and Chief Operating Officer at The Aurum Group.

    Learn more about Mike on the Technorama page at

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