December 22, 2020
Notice to Registrants
The College advises that, effective January 1, 2021, registrants will not be permitted to perform the liquid rhinoplasty procedure on patients, including registrants that are certified by the College in aesthetic procedures. The College also advises registrants to ensure that their advertising and marketing materials are amended to remove liquid rhinoplasty as an available procedure.
The College has a legal mandate to protect the public. The College made the decision to not permit liquid rhinoplasty to be performed by registrants because of the serious side effects and risks associated with the procedure. These side effects and risks can include vascular necrosis, blindness, and stroke. Further, registrants do not have the ability to refer patients directly to a medical specialist in the event of an emergency when performing the liquid rhinoplasty procedure.
COVID-19 Antibody Tests
As of March 2020, registrants are not permitted to provide any treatment, diagnosis, or to counsel patients with respect to COVID-19. The College is aware that LifeLabs is offering a COVID-19 antibody (serology) test and we have received several enquiries from registrants as to whether they can requisition this test for patients.
Current guidance from the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) is that COVID-19 antibody tests are not for routine clinical use, for clinical diagnostic purposes, or for determining an individual’s immune status or past exposure. At this time, the antibody test is recommended for use only in circumstances including:
- a limited number of clinical scenarios;
- at the direction of medical health officers as part of public health investigations; or
- epidemiologic and research studies.
Registrants may review the current BCCDC guidance on COVID-19 antibody tests here. The material at the link includes important explanations of the limitations of current tests. The College will continue to monitor developments regarding research data and the clinical utility of these tests.
The College advises that registrants are not permitted to requisition COVID-19 tests, including antibody tests, from LifeLabs or other sources, until further notice.
Continuing Education Courses
The College is pleased to announce that the following continuing education courses presented by the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion, have been approved for 1 hour each in category G: ethics, professionalism, and cultural safety:
- Diversity and Inclusion Fundamentals webinar, available January 14, 2021;
- Safe Space for Dialogue – Encouraging Authenticity in the Workplace webinar, available January 26, 2021;
- Roundtable on the Topic of the Black Lives Matter in the Workplace webinar, available February 11, 2021; and
- Addressing the Black Lives Matter Movement at Work webinar, available February 23, 2021.
If you wish to register to attend any of the above webinars, you may do so through the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion website.
Howard Greenstein, B.Sc., M.A., M.B.A.
Registrar & CEO