Bylaw Amendments

According to the Health Professions Act, section 19(6.2):

(6.2) A bylaw under subsection (1), other than a bylaw under subsection (1) (b), (c), (d), (f), (g), (k), (l), (l.6), (l.9), (l.92), (p), (q), (u.1), (v.1), (w.1) or (z), may not be made, amended or repealed unless

(a) notice of the proposed bylaw, amendment or repeal is given by the board to the minister and the college of each health profession prescribed by the minister for the purposes of this subsection

(i) at least 3 months before the proposed bylaw, amendment or repeal is filed with the minister, or
(ii) within a shorter period the minister specifies as appropriate in the circumstances, and

(b) the proposed bylaw, amendment or repeal is, for the period referred to in paragraph (a),

(i) made available by the board for inspection by any person, free of charge, at the office of the college at all reasonable times during regular business hours, and
(ii) posted by the board on the college website.

The following are proposed amendment(s) to the Bylaws:

Section 1-7, Part 2 – Registration and Schedule A

On June 1, 2018, the College Board approved amendments to the Bylaws under the Health Professions Act, RSBC 1996, c.183 (HPA) in particular, section 1-7, Part 2 – Registration and Schedule A.

The majority of revisions to the Bylaws represent housekeeping amendments including the removal of transition language from the time of the transition to the new statute in 2009 and revisions which improve the Bylaws’ clarity and internal consistency and do not affect the intent of the Bylaws in any way. Further, the proposed amendments align with the processes of the two national certification colleges, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the College of Family Physicians of Canada, and follow the Model Standards for Medical Registration in Canada as published by the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada. 

The Bylaw amendments have been posted for a three-month notice period giving College registrants and other interested parties the opportunity to review and comment.

A summary of each revised section can be found here.

Comments can be submitted to the following by November 27, 2018.

College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia
Attention: Registrar and CEO
Fax: 604-733-3503

Ministry of Health, Health Sector Workforce Division
Attention: Meghan Thorneloe, Director of Regulatory Initiatives
Professional Regulation and Oversight
3rd Floor, 1515 Blanshard Street
Victoria BC  V8W 9P4