Bylaw amendments

Proposed amendment: Section 7-4

On September 24, 2021, the College Board approved amendments to section 7-4 of the Bylaws under the Health Professions Act, RSBC 1996, c.183.

Physicians who hold certification with the College of Family Physicians of Canada are recognized as “specialists” in some jurisdictions in Canada. The proposed changes to section 7-4 of the Bylaws allow certified family physicians practising in BC to call themselves a “specialist in family medicine” or a “family medicine specialist” but not call themselves a “specialist” as this will be a term reserved for those who hold certification with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (or equivalent as recognized by the Board).

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 January 15, 2022

College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia
Attn: Registrar and CEO
Email: bylaw10@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
Additional resources to help patients understand regulation of medical practice in BC