The College welcomes media inquiries related to the regulation of physicians and surgeons in BC. All requests from the media must be directed to the College's communications and public affairs department. Upon receipt of a request, department staff will gather information for journalists, coordinate interviews where appropriate, and provide direction to helpful resources if a request is not within the College's scope.
Before contacting the College for a story, journalists are advised of the following:
- As required by law, the College cannot disclose the existence of a patient complaint against a physician, and only may do so if the complaint leads to formal discipline.
- The College has no jurisdiction over health-care spending, including physician human resourcing and hospitals.
- The College can only comment on matters related to regulation of the practice of medicine, which includes oversight over non-hospital (private) facilities and diagnostic facilities.
- College spokespeople serve in an administrative role and cannot provide a medical opinion on health matters.
Contact and hours
Members of the media may email their request to communications and public affairs. The communications inbox is monitored Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Briefing notes for media
- Complaints and disciplinary process
- Ending the patient-physician relationship
- Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD)
- Registration and licensing of physicians
- Safe prescribing of opioids and sedatives
- Unlawful practice