Professional Regulation

Last Modified: 2016-12-09

There are 26 regulated health professions in British Columbia, of which 25 are self-regulating professions governed by 22 regulatory colleges under the Health Professions Act.

One profession (emergency medical assisting) is regulated by a government-appointed licensing board under a separate statute.

Many social workers also practice within the health system. Social workers are a self-regulating profession governed by a regulatory college under the Social Workers Act.

*New*Amendments to the Health Professions Designation Regulation

December 9, 2016

The province is proposing to establish a new college of diagnostic and therapeutic health professions to enhance patient safety and quality of care in British Columbia. The new college would initially oversee four types of health care professionals: respiratory therapists, radiation therapists, clinical perfusionists and medical laboratory technologists. Click here for the news release.

The Ministry has given notice on December 9, 2016 of a proposed amendment to the Health Professions Designation Regulation to designate these four occupations as professions under the Health Professions Act. Comments must be submitted to no later than March 9, 2017.

Tell us what you think: Health Care Assistant Oversight Renewal

November 7, 2016. Revisions on December 2, 2016.

The Ministry of Health intends to support the creation of a single nursing regulator for all nursing disciplines, and to move ahead with a renewed approach to Health Care Assistant (HCA) oversight by assigning regulatory oversight for HCAs to the single nursing regulator. For details, please refer to the policy intentions paper posted below:

HCA Oversight Policy Intentions Paper (PDF 650.2 KB)

*Notification Dec. 2, 2016: A new footnote has been added to the HCA Oversight Policy Intentions Paper – see Section 2.2, footnote #3, page 4.

How to comment:

To provide your comments on this renewed approach, please complete the Health Care Assistant Oversight response survey available at . The survey closes Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 11:59 PM.

If you prefer to provide comments via a separate submission, please send your submission to the Professional Regulation and Oversight Branch via email or mail as noted below:

Professional Regulation and Oversight Branch, Ministry of Health
3rd Floor, 1515 Blanshard Street
Victoria BC V8W 3C8

Submissions must be received by the Ministry on or before Tuesday, February 7, 2017.

All comments regarding the integration of HCA regulatory oversight under the new nursing regulator will be reviewed, and considered by Ministry staff in planning the way forward. However, comments specifically regarding the move by the existing nursing regulatory colleges to form a single nursing regulator in BC are outside the scope of this consultation opportunity and will not be considered.

Personal information provided by respondents through this consultation process is collected under the authority of section 26 (e) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Respondents are advised to not include any personal information about third parties in their responses. For any questions specifically about the collection of respondents’ personal information, please contact:

Senior Policy Analyst

Email:, using the subject line ‘HCA Oversight’

Mail:      Professional Regulation and Oversight Branch, Ministry of Health

                                3rd Floor, 1515 Blanshard Street

                                Victoria BC V8W 3C8

Tel:         250 952 1741

For any other questions about this consultation process, please contact

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