Emergency Medical Assistants

The Emergency Medical Assistants Licensing Board is the regulatory body established for the health profession of emergency medical assistants (paramedics and first responders).

The Licensing Board has been established under the Emergency Health Services Act since August 30, 1991, and operates in accordance with the Act (as amended, effective April 1, 2013), the Emergency Medical Assistants Regulation (as amended - see below), the Emergency Medical Assistants Licensing Board Regulation (effective April 1, 2013) and the Emergency Health Services Regulation (as amended - see below).

Emergency medical assistants have been regulated under British Columbia legislation since 1975. Before the Licensing Board was established, they were regulated by British Columbia Emergency Health Services under its former name of the Emergency and Health Services Commission.

The licensing board is composed of three members, one of whom must be an emergency medical assistant selected in the prescribed manner and another of whom must be a medical practitioner, appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.

Amendments to the Emergency Medical Assistants Regulation

Approved Regulation Amendments Date

Amends the Emergency Medical Assistants Regulation to allow first responders to administer naloxone to individuals who have overdosed on opioids.

January 8, 2016
MO 017/2016
BC Reg
2/2016
Amends the Emergency Medical Assistants Regulation to designate and include the Community Paramedicine Program as a service within the purposes of the corporation. November 15, 2015
MO 379/2015
 
Amends the Emergency Medical Assistants Regulation to update the services that emergency medical assistants (EMAs) at the PCP, ACP, CCP, and ITT categories may perform. May 1, 2014
MO 141/2014
BC Reg
76/2014
Amends the Emergency Medical Assistants Regulation to make further housekeeping changes consequential to bringing into force of the Emergency and Health Services Amendment Act, 2013 July 17, 2013
MO 159/2013
BC Reg 194/2013 (PDF, 705KB)
Effective April 1, 2013, brings into force repeal (as enacted in Emergency and Health Services Amendment Act, 2013) of amendments enacted in the Health Planning Statutes Amendment Act, 2002, that would have disestablished the Licensing Board. Also makes the Emergency Medical Assistants Licensing Board Regulation. March 27, 2013
OIC 188/2013
BC Reg 145/2013 (PDF, 1.0MB)
Effective April 1, 2013, amends the Emergency Medical Assistants Regulation and the Emergency and Health Services Regulation to make house-keeping changes consequential to bringing into force of the Emergency and Health Services Amendment Act, 2013. March 26, 2013
MO 74/2013
BC Reg 144/2013 (PDF, 726KB)
Amends the Emergency Medical Assistants Regulation to remove IV starts from the continuing competence requirements for PCPs. September 27, 2012
MO 209/2012
BC Reg 288/2012 (PDF, 551KB)
Amends the Emergency Medical Assistants Regulation regarding renewal and reinstatement of licences, and the EMA continuing competence program, effective April 1, 2011. March 31, 2011
MO 081/2011
BC Reg 62/2011
Effective September 1, 2011, brings into force section 11.1 of the Emergency and Health Services Act, requiring EMAs to comply with advance directives for refusing service, as enacted in the Adult Guardianship and Planning Statutes Amendment Act, 2007. February 3, 2011
OIC 026/2011
BC Reg 14/2011
Amends Schedules 1 and 2 of the Emergency Medical Assistants Regulation to allow EMRs and PCPs to use additional forms of airway management for patient care. January 17, 2011
MO 010/2011
BC Reg 3/2011
Effective July 1, 2010, re-enacts the Emergency Medical Assistants Regulation, including new authority for the Licensing Board to endorse licenses allowing EMAs to provide 'out-of scope' services while participating in research projects approved by the Commission. June 29, 2010
MO 191/2010
BC Reg 210/2010
Effective July 1, 2010, brings into force amendments to section 14 of the Emergency and Health Services Act regarding regulation-making powers for the practice of EMAs as enacted in the Miscellaneous Statutes Amendment Act (No. 2), 2010. Also repeals the Emergency Medical Assistants Regulation (BC Reg 562/2004) and amends the Health Emergency Regulation by changing its name to Emergency and Health Services Regulation and adding the EMA licence fee provisions formerly found in BC Reg 562/2004. June 25, 2010
OIC 459/2010
BC Reg 191/2010
Brings into force repeal of section 11 of the Emergency and Health Services Act regarding limits on the practice of EMAs, as enacted in the Health Planning Statutes Amendment Act, 2002. April 29, 2010
OIC 230/2010
BC Reg 107/2010
Amends the Emergency Medical Assistants Regulation regarding temporary licensure in extraordinary circumstances. June 30, 2009
OIC 300/2009
BC Reg 167/2009
Amends the Emergency Medical Assistants Regulation to establish licence fees, effective April 15, 2007. March 30, 2007
OIC 180/2007
BC Reg 75/2007
Amends section 6 of the Emergency Medical Assistants Regulation extending the maximum temporary licence period from 180 days to one year. March 1, 2007
OIC 114/2007
BC Reg 45/2007
Amends Schedules 1 and 2 of the Emergency Medical Assistants Regulation regarding services that may be provided. July 13, 2006
OIC 525/2006
BC Reg 207/2006
Effective January 1, 2005, repeals the Emergency Medical Assistants Regulation (BC Reg 260/91) and enacts the new Emergency Medical Assistants Regulation. December 9, 2004
OIC 1211/2004
BC Reg 562/2004
Amends the Emergency Medical Assistants Regulation regarding recertification based on continuing education. November 8, 2001
OIC 979/2001
BC Reg 262/2001
Amends the Emergency Medical Assistants Regulation to include registration provisions for labour mobility applicants under the Agreement on Internal Trade. October 18, 2001
OIC 920/2001
BC Reg 246/2001
Amends the Emergency Medical Assistants Regulation regarding special reinstatement. March 30, 2001
OIC 319/2001
BC Reg 77/2001
Amends the Emergency Medical Assistants Regulation to: provide that the EMA FR licence expires after 3 years; make it a condition of every licence that active employment in British Columbia must not be interrupted by any continuous period of more than six months; make it a condition of every licence that EMAs perform a certain number of calls as required by the Licensing Board. April 14, 2000
OIC 562/2000
BC Reg 125/2000
Amends the Emergency Medical Assistants Regulation regarding State of Washington EMAs. June 2, 1995
OIC 633/95
BC Reg 240/95
Brings into force provisions of the Health Statutes Amendment Act, 1989, that establish the Licensing Board.

Repeals the Emergency Medical Assistants Regulation (BC Reg 239/82) and enacts the new Emergency Medical Assistants Regulation.
August 30, 1991
OIC 1181/91
BC Reg 260/91