Professional Regulation

In British Columbia, there are 26 regulated health professions, of which 25 are governed by 20 regulatory colleges under the Health Professions Act. The act provides a common regulatory framework for health professions in British Columbia.

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

The Honourable Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, has released the report, An Inquiry into the Performance of the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia and the Health Professions Act. The report is authored by Mr. Harry Cayton of the United Kingdom’s Professional Standards Authority. The report contains two parts:

  • Part 1 makes recommendations to College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia; and,
  • Part 2 suggests possible approaches to modernization of BC’s overall health regulatory framework.

Media Briefing (PPTX, 715KB)

Signed Directive from the Minister of Health (PDF, 570KB)

Harry Cayton's report can be viewed here (PDF, 1.0MB).

For the Terms of Reference for the Inquiry, click here.

Members of the public and health sector stakeholders are invited to provide written feedback on Part Two of the Cayton Report.

Background

On March 8, 2018 the Minister of Health (the Minister), the Honourable Adrian Dix, exercised his authority under the Health Professions Act (HPA) to initiate an inquiry into the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia (CDSBC). The inquiry was conducted by Mr. Harry Cayton of the Professional Standards Authority in the United Kingdom. Mr. Cayton submitted a two-part report to the Minister. An Inquiry into the Performance of the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia and the Health Professions Act (the report) was released on April 11, 2019. Part One of the report includes recommendations to improve the operations and functioning of CDSBC, and Part Two outlines possible approaches to modernization of the provincial health profession regulatory framework.

A Steering Committee has been established to respond to Part Two of the report. The Steering Committee will be chaired by the Minister. Mr. Norm Letnick, health critic for the official Opposition, and Ms. Sonia Furstenau, health critic and house leader for the BC Green Party caucus are committee members. The Steering Committee will develop a proposal for modernization to protect the public interest, enable high quality care, and consider reducing the number of regulatory colleges. The proposal is expected to be presented to the Minister in 2019. 

The Steering Committee is aware of evolving public expectations related to professional regulation, as well as the complexity and potential impact of reform across the health sector. Public consultation and expert guidance are required to develop a model that is appropriate to British Columbia (BC).  

Purpose

The purpose of this initial phase of public consultation is to assist the Steering Committee to understand what matters most to patients, families, service providers, and other stakeholders as the Steering Committee prioritises their work and areas of focus. 

Scope

As the Steering Committee begins its work, members of the public and health sector stakeholders are invited to provide written feedback on Part Two of the report.

Feedback will be used to assist the Steering Committee to identify and prioritize elements of regulatory modernization that are important to British Columbians and health sector stakeholders. The Steering Committee may wish to take a phased approach to consultation which may include future consultation on specific decisions or options.

For clarity, the Steering Committee is not seeking feedback or evidence to support the findings and recommendations related to the CDSBC (contained in Part One of the report).

Engagement Technique

Members of the public and health system stakeholders are invited to provide written comments on Part Two of the report.  Written submissions may be provided by email to: PROREGADMIN@gov.bc.ca, using the subject line ‘Cayton Report’.  Each participant will receive an email confirming receipt of their submission, but personalised responses will not be provided to each participant. The Steering Committee commits to provide an overview of themes emerging from the feedback via the Ministry of Health’s Professional Regulation website. 

Engagement Level

This engagement opportunity is at the level of consult on the spectrum of engagement

Timeline

Submissions will be received for 30 days, until June 14, 2019. 

Answers to commonly asked questions can be found here.