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.

 

Proposed Amendments to Various Regulations

The Ministry of Health is proposing amendments to the Psychologists Regulation as well as consequential amendments to the Nurses (Registered) and Nurse Practitioners Regulation, the Nurses (Licensed Practical) Regulation, the Nurses (Registered Psychiatric) Regulation, the Naturopathic Physicians Regulation and the Opticians Regulation.

The proposed amendments to the Psychologists Regulation are intended to better align the regulation to the Health Professions Act model (shared scope of practice and restricted activities), add school psychologists as a limited class of registrants under the College of Psychologists and remove several exceptions for use of the title “psychologist” by non-registrants.

Additionally, consequential amendments are proposed to all of the above mentioned regulations to clarify that unregulated persons cannot perform the restricted activities for these professions (unless authorized) and ensure that colleges have the necessary authority to act when such unregulated individuals provide these services. 

Please provide comments on the following changes by March 15, 2019. Comments can be emailed to PROREGADMIN@gov.bc.ca

Psychologists

Proposed Regulation Amendments

Notice Date

Propose amendments to Psychologists Regulation to better align it to the Health Professions Act model (shared scope of practice and restricted activities), add school psychologists as a limited class of registrants under the College of Psychologists and remove several exceptions for use of the title “psychologist” by non-registrants of the College of Psychologists. Additionally, minor amendments are proposed to clarify that unregulated persons cannot perform psychologist and school psychologist restricted activities (unless authorized).

Dec 14, 2018

Nursing

Proposed Regulation Amendments

Notice Date

Propose consequential amendments to the restricted activities sections of the Nurses (Registered) and Nurse Practitioners Regulation, Nurses (Licensed Practical) Regulation and Nurses (Registered Psychiatric) Regulation to clarify that unregulated persons cannot perform the restricted activities for these professions (unless authorized).

Dec 14, 2018

Naturopathic Physicians

Proposed Regulation Amendments

Notice Date

Propose consequential amendments to the restricted activities section of the Naturopathic Physicians Regulation to clarify that unregulated persons cannot perform the restricted activities for Naturopathic Physicians (unless authorized). 

 Dec 14, 2018

Opticians

Proposed Regulation Amendments

Notice Date

Propose consequential amendments to the restricted activities section of the Opticians Regulation to clarify that unregulated persons cannot perform the restricted activities for Opticians (unless authorized). 

Dec 14, 2018

 

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.