Volume 6 | No. 1 | January / February 2018

Registrar's message—criminal record check: a statutory requirement for all registrants

Under the Health Professions Act, the College administers the Criminal Records Review Act, which provides that a criminal record check (CRC) must be completed by all registrants of the College. The CRC is administered by the Criminal Records Review Program, which is part of the provincial government. It is not a program of the College. The College’s role is to ensure that registrants are aware of and compliant with all of the laws and legal matters that affect them in medical practice.

Removing functionality from the online physician directory—“accepting new patients”

As of March 1, 2018, the automated feature on the College’s physician directory, which allows family physicians to identify themselves as accepting new patients, will be discontinued. Registrants and other patient support organizations are being asked to redirect patients who are seeking the care of a family physician to HealthLink BC, or to those applicable Divisions of Family Practice chapters with patient attachment mechanisms in place.

The College Connector is sent to every current registrant of the College. Decisions of the College on matters of standards and guidelines are contained in this publication. The College therefore assumes that each registrant is aware of these matters. Questions or comments about this publication should be directed to communications@cpsbc.ca.

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