Currency of practice

The British Columbia Medical Quality Initiative (BC MQI) is the governance framework established in response to issues raised in the Cochrane reports (2011) Investigation into Medical Imaging and Credentialing and Credentialing and Quality Assurance and the BC Auditor General Report (2014) on the Oversight of Physician Services.

Under the BC MQI, new processes for credentialing and privileging physicians were established including the introduction of 62 privileging dictionaries. These dictionaries provide consistent benchmarks for medical directors to use with their medical staff during initial and renewal privileging processes regarding current experience in the various procedures and practices they wish to perform at a non-hospital facility.

Medical staff without current demonstrated competence and sufficient experience, as outlined in the BC MQI privileging dictionaries, may not provide services in a non-hospital facility until return-to-practice requirements have been met.