New federal and provincial reporting requirements for Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) will come into effect on November 1, 2018. The new federal regulations identify the reporting requirements for physicians, nurse practitioners and pharmacists.
While provincial oversight and reporting related to MAiD is currently conducted by the BC Coroners Service, starting November 1, the Ministry of Health will assume this responsibility and all forms must be submitted to the BC Ministry of Health’s Medical Assistance in Dying Oversight Unit. The new reporting requirements will require physicians who transfer the care of a patient who has submitted a written request for MAiD to report this to the BC Ministry of Health using a standardized form (currently in development).
Amendments to the College’s Medical Assistance in Dying practice standard will come into effect at the same time, to reflect the new federal and provincial reporting requirements.
This announcement serves as preliminary notice regarding the upcoming changes. The College will communicate the changes regarding MAiD reporting in further detail in the coming weeks.