British Columbia currently has 25 designated health professions regulated under the Health Professions Act and 18 regulatory colleges. BC Health Regulators (BCHR) consists of 16 member regulatory colleges. The additional college, the BC College of Social Work, is regulated by the Social Workers Act. 

There are 30 practitioner groups overseen by BC’s health regulatory colleges:

Regulated health professionals’ requirements:

  • Pass national and/or provincial entry-to-practice exam(s) and be familiar with the legal, professional, and ethical practice of their profession;
  • Be registered with their regulatory college and renew registration annually;
  • Be a college registrant to use certain “protected” professional titles;
  • Comply with college bylaws;
  • Comply with a code of ethics;
  • Adhere to the scope of practice they can undertake within their professional limits;
  • Meet quality assurance requirements;
  • Meet professional standards of practice;
  • Be subject to a complaints and discipline process if standards are not met; and
  • Undertake a criminal record check every five years.

The BC Ministry of Health is conducting a review of the province’s framework for health profession regulation and is working on a plan for modernizing and strengthening the regulatory system. Find out more about regulatory reform in BC, and read the latest news, on how health profession regulators are evolving.