In British Columbia, there are 26 regulated health professions, of which 25 are governed by 20 regulatory colleges under the Health Professions Act (HPA). The HPA is an 'umbrella' statute that provides a common regulatory framework for health professions in BC.
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.
Inquiry into the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia
To support the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia (CDSBC) in ensuring that dentists, dental therapists and certified dental assistants provide people with safe care and services, the Minister of Health has initiated a review into the administrative and operational practices of the college, including the board of the CDSBC.
For more information, please see the new release, here.
For the Terms of Reference for the Inquiry, click here.