BC Health Regulators (BCHR) brings together all of British Columbia’s health profession regulatory colleges. Collectively, the colleges oversee 30 health practitioner groups, consisting of approximately 120,000 registered health care providers practising throughout BC.
Under the Health Professions Act and the Social Workers Act, BC’s regulatory colleges are legally responsible for ensuring that regulated health professionals provide health services in a qualified, safe, and ethical manner. A regulatory college’s legal obligation is to protect the public through the regulation of its registrants. Learn more about health regulation in BC.
There are currently 19 health regulatory colleges operating in BC:
- BC College of Nurses and Midwives
- BC College of Social Workers
- College of Chiropractors of BC
- College of Dental Hygienists of BC
- College of Dental Surgeons of BC
- College of Dental Technicians of BC
- College of Denturists of BC
- College of Dietitians of BC
- College of Massage Therapists of BC
- College of Naturopathic Physicians of BC
- College of Occupational Therapists of BC
- College of Opticians of BC
- College of Optometrists of BC
- College of Pharmacists of BC
- College of Physical Therapists of BC
- College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC
- College of Psychologists of BC
- College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of BC
- College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of BC
On August 27, 2020, the BC Ministry of Health announced a plan to modernize and strengthen the province’s health regulatory system. Find out more about regulatory modernization in BC, and read the latest news on how health profession regulators are evolving.