Professional Regulation

In British Columbia, there are 26 regulated health professions, of which 25 are governed by 22 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.