Provincial government releases final recommendations for health profession regulation

Provincial government releases final recommendations for health profession regulation

The recommendations are part of a new report focused on modernizing BC’s health profession regulatory framework, impacting all health profession regulatory colleges.

On August 27, 2020 BC Health Minister Adrian Dix announced the release of a report outlining final recommendations for changes to the province’s health profession regulatory system.

The report, Recommendations to modernize the provincial health profession regulatory framework, has implications for all health profession regulatory colleges in BC. All of BC Health Regulators’ member colleges are now reviewing the report and its recommendations.

About the recommendations

Recommendations to modernize the provincial health profession regulatory framework were finalized and delivered by an all-party Steering Committee on the Modernization of Health Professional Regulation following a public consultation and review process. More than 300 written submissions were received from a broad cross section of respondents, including: 190 members of the public; 50 health practitioners; 25 professional associations; 18 regulators; and 30 other health-sector partners, including unions.

The report describes a number of specific recommendations for modernization within the following key areas:

  1. Commitment to cultural safety and humility
  2. Improved governance
  3. Improved efficiency and effectiveness through a reduction in the number of regulatory colleges
  4. Strengthening the oversight of regulatory colleges
  5. Complaints and adjudication
  6. Information sharing to improve patient safety and public trust

More information

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

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. This web page includes a list of Frequently Asked Questions about regulatory modernization, which will be updated as new information becomes available.

Visit individual college websites to learn about specific activities related to modernization. See the list of BCHR member colleges, including links to their websites.

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