Newly completed amalgamations reduce number of BC’s health regulatory colleges from 21 to 19

Newly completed amalgamations reduce number of BC’s health regulatory colleges from 21 to 19

These changes are in line with the Ministry of Health’s focus on modernizing the health regulation system and reducing the number of colleges overall.

British Columbia now has 19 health regulatory colleges following two amalgamations completed this week.

On August 31, 2020, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia amalgamated with the College of Podiatric Surgeons of British Columbia. The amalgamated colleges will continue under the name: College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (CPSBC).

September 1, 2020 marked the establishment of the BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM), created by amalgamating the BC College of Nursing Professionals and the BC College of Midwives. BCCNM is now Canada’s first nurse and midwife regulator and western Canada’s largest health professional regulator.

Reducing the number of health regulatory colleges in BC from 21 to 19, these changes are in line with the Ministry of Health’s focus on modernizing the health regulation system and reducing the number of colleges overall.

Congratulations to our colleagues at BCCNM and CPSBC on completed the extensive work involved in both amalgamations!

More information

Visit the BCHR Regulatory Modernization page for the latest updates about how the health profession regulatory system is evolving in BC, and how BCHR members are responding to better serve and protect all British Columbians.

Visit the CPSBC or BCCNM websites to learn more about the two recent amalgamations.

Visit the BC Ministry of Health’s Professional Regulation page for details about the initiative to modernize the provincial health profession regulatory framework.

See the list of BCHR member colleges, including links to their websites.

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