BC Agency for Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

In September 2015, the BC Government established the BC Agency for Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (Agency).

The Agency, a program of Provincial Health Services Authority, is responsible for provincial planning of the laboratory services system and aims to ensure that clinical laboratory diagnostics are sustainable, quality driven, and innovative to support BC’s citizens and clinicians with access to laboratory services. The mandate of the Agency includes, but is not limited to, strategic oversight, funding, efficiency and effectiveness, quality, human resourcing, and education.

For further information regarding the Agency, please visit their website.

As well, the Agency oversees the Provincial Blood Coordinating Office (PBCO). For further information regarding the PBCO, please visit their website

Referrals for Laboratory and Genetic Services Outside of Canada

The Agency is responsible for reviewing and making funding decisions on medically appropriate laboratory and genetic tests that are not provided by BC laboratories.

Obtaining Pre-Approval

If a BC specialist physician recommends medical treatment in another country, the specialist must request approval for provincial coverage.

Please note: There is no change to laboratory and genetic tests that are managed by other BC provincial agencies.

For information on how to apply and the new application form, please visit their website.

Inquiries about funding applications or payment sent before June 1, 2018 can be directed to HIBC at:

  • LOWER MAINLAND: 604-456-6950
  • REST OF BC: 1-866-456-6950

Non-Laboratory Medical Treatment Outside of Canada

The referring Specialist should complete the Out-of-Country Health Services Funding Application (the Application) or send a written request for coverage of Out of Country non‑laboratory medical treatment. For further information, go to the Referrals for Services Outside of Canada on the MSP website.

Test Review Committee

The Test Review Committee (TRC) is a standing operational unit reporting to the Agency that reviews, evaluates and makes evidence-based recommendations regarding the introduction, replacement and/or elimination of publicly-funded clinical laboratory tests (including inpatient, outpatient and out of province tests).

For more information on the test review process, please refer to the frequently asked questions. Applicants are asked to submit applications electronically to labservices@gov.bc.ca with the subject line “Application for Clinical Laboratory Test Review.” The Ministry of Health will forward the applications to the Agency for processing and review.

For a list of tests currently under consideration by the Test Review Committee, please see the Test Review Committee Active Cases.