Advisory Committee on Diagnostic Facilities and ACDF Application Forms

The Advisory Committee on Diagnostic Facilities (the Committee) is a committee of the Medical Services Commission (the Commission), which provides advice, assistance and recommendations to support the Commission's powers, duties and functions in relation to outpatient diagnostic services and facilities.

One of the responsibilities of the Committee is to assist the Commission in reviewing applications for new, expansion and relocation of diagnostic service facilities.

The Committee is strictly focused on the approval of outpatient services payable by the provincial Medical Services Plan (MSP) and has no role in the provision of inpatient or other medical services that are not payable through MSP.

For more information on the application process and the policies that govern it, review the Policies and Guidelines of the Medical Services Commissions' Advisory Committee on Diagnostic Facilities.

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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).

Polysomnography Policy (Updated June 13, 2017)

On April 5, 2017, the Medical Services Commission approved the following addition to Policy 2.4.3 Assessment Criteria: Service Specific Criteria (Polysomnography).

“Facilities applying for a Polysomnography Certificate of Approval must provide for a minimum capacity of three (3) beds appropriate for the purpose of overnight sleep testing. “

(See page 21 of the Policies and Guidelines of the Medical Services Commission’s Advisory Committee on Diagnostic Facilities [PDF, 598KB])

Meeting Dates and Deadlines


Advisory Committee on Diagnostic Facilities

2017 ACDF Scheduled Meeting Dates*

2017 Deadlines  for Application Submission

2017 Deadline -  Radiology and Ultrasound** Applications

March 15, 2017

January 31, 2017

January 3, 2017

June 14, 2017

May 2, 2017

April 4, 2017

September 27, 2017

August 15, 2017

July 11, 2017

December 13, 2017

October 31, 2017

October 3, 2017

*Meeting dates are subject to change without notice

**Applications for new, expanded or relocated outpatient ultrasound facilities remain under Medical Service Commission's temporary moratorium.  For details see:



Medical Service Commission Scheduled Meeting Dates*
January 18, 2017
February 22, 2017
April 5, 2017
May 17, 2017
June 28, 2017
September 13, 2017
October 25, 2017
December 6, 2017
*Meeting dates are subject to change without notice.


Diagnostic Facilities Administration Application Forms

Publicly-Owned Facilities - Health Authorities

  • Form A – New Certificate of Approval – 1928A 
  • Form B – Expansion:  Services, Facility, Capacity – 1928B 
  • Form C – Relocation: Services, Facility, Capacity – 1928C 
  • Form D –  Distance-Reading (Diagnostic Ultrasound Telemetry) Certificate of Approval – 1951

Privately-Owned Facilities

  • Form A - New Certificate of Approval – 1929A 
  • Form B – Expansion:  Services, Facility, Capacity – 1929B 
    • Diagnostic Outpatient Electromyography Application Letter of Support
  • Form C – Relocation: Services, Facility, Capacity – 1929C 
  • Form D –  Distance-Reading (Diagnostic Ultrasound Telemetry) Certificate of Approval – 1951

Please Note:

*Electronic signatures cannot be used on the application forms.

The required individuals must manually sign and date the application forms.  Once the application is finalized it should be saved as a PDF and then uploaded to the ACDF Applications Secure Upload Tool.


ACDF Applications Secure Upload Tool

Submit a Completed Application Form for New, Expansion, or Relocation of Diagnostic Services

Approved Diagnostic Services Facilities in B.C.

Click on each link below for a list of facilities approved by the Committee and Commission to provide "restricted" diagnostic outpatient services covered under British Columbia's Medical Services Plan.

The listings above represent the most current available data for outpatient diagnostic services facilities in British Columbia, for those diagnostic services areas under the authority of the Committee.

However, a facility may cease offering one or more particular procedures and/or services without approval from the Committee. As such, facility listings are provided for general information only. The Committee and the Ministry of Health make no claims as to the accuracy of this information. It is advised that clinical or business decisions not be made solely on this information.

These listings are current as of March, 2017

Annual Reports

2012/2013 ACDF Annual Report (PDF, 111KB)

2013/2014 ACDF Annual Report (PDF. 102KB)

2014/2015 ACDF Annual Report (PDF, 71KB)

2015/2016 ACDF Annual Report (PDF, 237KB)

2016/2017 ACDF Annual Report (PDF, 44KB)