June 01, 2013   | Posted in: Announcements

Record retention: 16 years

College Bylaw Amendment Section 3-6(2)

Effective June 1, 2013 British Columbia's revised Limitation Act comes into force, which includes an increase to the retention of medical records from six to fifteen years for all claims against medical practitioners.

As such, section 3-6(2) of the Bylaws under the Health Professions Act has been amended to reflect the change to the Limitation Act. Registrants are now expected to retain medical records for a period of sixteen years.

Storage and retention of medical practice records

3-6(1)A registrant must ensure the safe and secure storage of all records.
 (2)Records are required to be retained for a minimum period of sixteen years from either the date of last entry or from the age of majority, whichever is late, except as otherwise required by law.


Additionally, updates have been made to the following Professional Standards and Guidelines:

  • Electronic Medical Records
  • Medical Records in Private Physicians' Offices
The above guidelines have been replaced by the Medical Records standard.