Record retention: 16 years

British Columbia’s Limitation Act was brought into force on June 1, 2013. One of the substantive changes relates to the retention of medical records. 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. College registrants are now expected to retain medical records for a minimum period of sixteen years from the date of last entry or from the age of majority, whichever is later, except as otherwise required by law.

The following Professional Standards and Guidelines have been updated:

A Question and Answer document (provided in February 2013) remains on the College website for reference.

More information about the Limitation Act can be found on the Ministry of Justice homepage
http://www.ag.gov.bc.ca/legislation/limitation-act/2012.htm

The College’s duty is to make registrants aware of applicable legislation and ensure that the laws governing the medical profession are aligned.

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