Change is Coming to British Columbia’s Health Professional Regulatory Framework – Here is What is Being Proposed

Changes appear to be on the horizon for BC’s health professional regulatory framework, and it could be significant. In March of 2018, the BC Minister of Health initiated an inquiry into the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia, as well as a review of BC’s Health Professions Act and the model of health profession regulation in BC as a whole. In April 2019, An Inquiry into the performance of the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia and the Health Professions Act (the “Cayton Report”) was released with recommendations to overhaul and improve health professional regulation in the Province. In response, the Minister of Health established the Steering Committee on Modernization of Health Professional Regulation to investigate the best approach to modernize the regulatory framework.

In November 2019, the Steering Committee released a consultation paper summarizing the proposed changes and sought input from the public and stakeholders. This phase of consultation ended January 10, 2020. A summary of the feedback is to be posted on the BC Government’s website. However, understandably, this may be delayed given the COVID-19 pandemic. Ultimately, the cabinet and Legislative Assembly have the authority to enact changes.

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