Now online: College Connector Volume 6 | No. 1
January/February issue now available. Read it here.
New Bylaws: Complaint Handling and Discipline
Part 4, Section A of the Bylaws under the Health Professions Act (HPA) has been amended and updated. The amended bylaw provides that the Discipline Committee panel who makes a finding under sections 39(1)(a) to (e) of the HPA will also determine penalty at a separate hearing.
The new Bylaws are in effect February 6, 2018.
Website maintenance on February 5
Please be advised that the College website will be undergoing a scheduled service update on Monday, February 5, 2018 from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. During this time, registrants will not be able to make updates to their profiles, or access renewal tasks. Access to the online physician directory and library may be intermittent.
Website maintenance on January 27
Please be advised that the College website will be undergoing a scheduled service update on Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. During this time, registrants will not be able to make updates to their profiles, or access renewal tasks. Access to the online physician directory and library may be intermittent.
New reprocessing requirements for ultrasound probes
- Physician Office Medical Device Reprocessing Assessments (POMDRA)
- Diagnostic Accreditation Program (DAP)
- Non-Hospital Medical and Surgical Facilities Accreditation Program (NHMSFAP)
New Bylaws and related policies in effect for the College’s Non-Hospital Medical and Surgical Facilities Accreditation Program
The College Bylaws have been amended and updated.
Part 5, section A of the Bylaws and related policies for the Non-Hospital Medical and Surgical Facilities Accreditation Program are now in effect (as of December 30, 2017). The Bylaws apply to all non-hospital and medical surgical facilities in BC.
Schedule A has also been updated (as of January 1, 2018).
Disciplinary action re: Dr. Nima Rabbani Farani
Dr. Nima Rabbani Farani, a surgical assistant, has admitted to engaging in unprofessional conduct.
The full disciplinary action is available here.
Now online: College Connector Volume 5 | No. 6
November/December issue now available. Read it here.
Revised and updated – Physician Privacy Toolkit
The use of new technologies (e.g. mobile devices, electronic communication tools, and electronic medical records software applications) has significantly impacted the way in which personal health information is being collected, used and disclosed. With this increased convenience comes increased security risks, resulting in greater challenges for physicians to maintain confidentiality of their patients’ personal health information.
To assist physicians in meeting their obligations under the Personal Information Protection Act, SBC 2003, c.63 in this digital age, the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia (OIPC), the Doctors of BC, and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC have partnered to update the BC Physician Privacy Toolkit, which was originally published in 2004 and subsequently updated in 2009.
The media release issued by OIPC with respect to this most recent joint effort is available here. The updated tool kit is now available as a guidance document on the OIPC’s website. The Privacy Toolkit and other relevant resources can also be found on the Doctors of BC website.
Notification of consultation
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia is inviting feedback on a revised practice standard: Safe Prescribing of Drugs with Potential for Misuse/Diversion.
The College’s practice standards address key areas of medical practice, and respond to existing or emerging issues and topics that are relevant to the College’s mandate of public protection.
As an important step in developing or revising practice standards, the College seeks feedback from physicians, the public and other partners on proposed drafts to assess whether they are clear, concise, and effectively outline the College’s expectations of physicians on the subject.
To participate, please visit the Consultation page.