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(c), (d), (f), (g), (k), (l), (l.6), (l.9), (l.92), (p), (q), (u.1), (v.1), (w.1) or (z), may not be made, amended or repealed unless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

The legislation that provides a common regulatory framework for health professions in BC
The College Bylaws under the Health Professions Act
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