Ultrasound Temporary Moratorium

Temporary Moratorium on Applications for Diagnostic Outpatient Ultrasound Facilities 

On May 17, 2017 the Medical Services Commission of British Columbia extended its temporary moratorium on applications for new, relocation or expansion of diagnostic outpatient ultrasound facilities, with the exception of those fee items currently restricted to public hospitals, i.e. Echocardiography and Doppler Studies.

Applications for addition of services to an existing ultrasound Certificate of Approval will continue to be accepted.

Follow the link below for the full text of the Commission’s announcement concerning its moratorium on applications for diagnostic outpatient ultrasound facilities.

Exceptions to the moratorium may be made for demonstrated urgent health or safety needs. However, the Commission will only accept a moratorium request for exception from facilities holding a current ultrasound Certificate of Approval from the Medical Services Commission, or the Advisory Committee on Diagnostic Facilities. 

Exceptions Process - Moratorium on Applications for Diagnostic Outpatient Ultrasound Facilities 

Qualifying facilities who seek an exception to the moratorium based on demonstrated urgent health or safety needs must complete and submit a request for moratorium exception consideration (PDF, 350KB).