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(c), (d), (f), (g), (k), (l), (l.6), (l.9), (l.92), (p), (q), (u.1), (v.1), (w.1) or (z), may not be made, amended or repealed unless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.

Proposed amendments

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

On September 25, 2020, the College Board approved amendments to section 2-19 of the Bylaws under the Health Professions Act, RSBC 1996, c.183 (HPA).

By way of background, in May 2019, the College’s Bylaws related to the academic class of registration were amended with the intent to afford the Registration Committee broader discretion to grant registration in this class without requiring an applicant to obtain academic certification with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or hold a tenure position.

The College has since received feedback from various stakeholders advising that the bylaw amendments in May 2019 did not fully eliminate language around tenure and requesting further amendments to allow greater flexibility for registration in the academic class. 

In accordance with section 19(6.2)(a)(i) of the HPA, notice of the proposed bylaw amendment will be posted for a three-month notification period, giving College registrants and other interested parties the opportunity to review and comment.

Submit comments by September 25, 2021 to:

College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia
Attn: Registrar and CEO
Email: bylaw7@cpsbc.ca
Fax: 604-733-3503

Ministry of Health
Director, Regulatory Initiatives
Professional Regulation and Oversight Branch
Email: proregadmin@gov.bc.ca

On May 28, 2021, in an effort to align the College Bylaws with current practices, the College Board approved an amendment to section 5-25 of the Bylaws under the Health Professions Act, RSBC 1996, c.183 (HPA).

Section 5-25 of the Bylaws sets out the responsibilities of the Diagnostic Accreditation Program Committee including to establish and monitor external proficiency programs (section 5-25(6)(d)). The Diagnostic Accreditation Program, which will be recognized as meeting the ISO 17011 requirement and will become a signatory of the Asia Pacific Accreditation Cooperative (APAC) Mutual Recognition Arrangement, is prohibited from establishing or providing proficiency testing programs but will continue to monitor the programs. 

In accordance with section 19(6.2)(a)(i) of the HPA, notice of the proposed bylaw amendment will be posted for a three-month notification period, giving College registrants and other interested parties the opportunity to review and comment.

Submit comments by September 25, 2021 to:

College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia
Attn: Registrar and CEO
Email: bylaw8@cpsbc.ca
Fax: 604-733-3503

Ministry of Health
Director, Regulatory Initiatives
Professional Regulation and Oversight Branch
Email: proregadmin@gov.bc.ca

On February 28, 2020, the College Board approved an amendment to the Bylaws under the Health Professions Act, RSBC 1996, c.183, specifically, section 7-5.

The proposed amendment to section 7-5 allows the College to enforce a new requirement that all registrants practising in community settings (solo and group practice, clinics and private surgical and diagnostic facilities not affiliated with a health authority) must post a notice to patients in a visible area (waiting rooms, lobbies) indicating that the physicians and surgeons practising at this location are licensed and regulated by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC. The public notice must also include contact information for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC—website and phone number—should patients want to check their physician or surgeon’s credentials or find out more about the practice standards expected of College registrants by their regulatory body.

Rationale

Following a review of similar regulations in California, which require all physicians and surgeons licensed by the Medical Board of California to inform patients that they are licensed and regulated by way of public signage in a conspicuous place, the College Board agreed that this was an important measure to improve transparency and accessibility and resolved to implement a similar requirement.

Maintaining public confidence in the health-care system and the individuals who work in the system has never been more critical. Patients should be aware that they are being treated by a qualified physician or surgeon who is licensed and registered to practise medicine in BC.

Further, members of the public should know that physicians and surgeons are governed by the College, and if they have questions or concerns about the care they receive, they can contact the College.

The requirement to post a notice is expected to be implemented during the 2022 annual licence renewal process.

Registrar’s message: Increasing awareness of the College and the importance of licensing and regulation

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.

Submit comments by September 22, 2021 to:

College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia
Registrar and CEO
Email: bylaw6@cpsbc.ca
Fax: 604-733-3503

Ministry of Health, Health Sector Workforce Division
Attn: Brian Westgate, Director of Strategic Priorities, Professional Regulation and Oversight
3rd Floor, 1515 Blanshard Street
PO Box 9650 STN PROV GOVT
Victoria, BC  V8W 9P4
Email: proregadmin@gov.bc.ca

The legislation that provides a common regulatory framework for health professions in BC
The College Bylaws under the Health Professions Act
Additional resources to help patients understand regulation of medical practice in BC