Minor revision made to Cannabis for Medical Purposes practice standard
The Cannabis for Medical Purposes practice standard has been revised to provide added clarity regarding a physician’s responsibility to document a comprehensive medical assessment of the condition to be treated with cannabis, including a history, physical examination and investigations (as appropriate) before offering their patient a prescription.
Website maintenance - 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The College website will be undergoing a scheduled service update on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 between 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The College website will not be available during this time. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.
Medical Assistance in Dying: changes to reporting requirements
As of November 1, 2018, new federal and provincial reporting requirements for Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) are in effect. All required provincial forms for MAiD must now be submitted to the BC Ministry of Health’s Medical Assistance in Dying Oversight Unit, which is the designated recipient of reportable information from physicians, nurse practitioners and pharmacists.
These reporting requirements are explained in detail on the forms and accompanying instruction guides, which can be found on the .
The practice standard , as well as the accompanying , have been updated to reflect the changes in reporting requirements.
For questions related to provincial reporting requirements:
BC Ministry of Health – Medical Assistance in Dying Oversight Unit
For questions related to the federal regulations:
For questions related to the College's Medical Assistance in Dying practice standard:
Crohn’s disease resource available to College registrants
For registrants who are, or anticipate, treating patients affected by Crohn’s disease, a new ebook Inflammatory Bowel Diseases: A Clinicians’ Guide is available through the College library. The book provides an overview of diagnostic strategies, and the various treatment options available. Also discussed are the extraintestinal manifestations, nutritional strategies, and management of special populations such as pediatric or pregnant patients.
Login is required to access the book and it can be read either online with multiple users, or one user at a time can borrow it for one day. Registrant who need assistance accessing a copy are welcome to contact the College library.
Note: this publication is provided for general reference only and no endorsement of content by the College is implied.
Practice Standards and Professional Guidelines Update
Revised Cannabis for Medical Purposes practice standard published
Due to the legalization of cannabis for recreational use, the Cannabis for Medical Purposes practice standard has been revised. View the revised practice standard here.
Revised Prescribing Methadone practice standard published
Following a consultation, revisions to the Prescribing Methadone practice standard have been approved by the Executive Committee. View the revised standard here.
New templates for practice standards and professional guidelines
Please note that the College’s practice standards and professional guidelines have been updated to a new template. Each standard and guideline is now formatted with a title page inclusive of past revision dates, date of next review, version number and related topics.
Consultation on Sale and Dispensing of Drugs by Physicians and Promotion and Sale of Products now open
Practice standards and professional guidelines are frequently revised to ensure that they are up-to-date and continue to meet the needs of changing practice environments, evolving health-care practices, and stakeholder values.
As directed by the Board, the College will be reviewing all practice standards and professional guidelines related to medicine and commerce. These practice standards and professional guidelines will be reviewed in pairs over the coming year.
As a first step, the College will be focusing on gathering feedback, from both the public and the profession, on the following two practice standards: Sale and Dispensing of Drugs by Physicians, and Promotion and Sale of Products. This consultation will run from October 15 - November 2, 2018.
The public can participate in this consultation by visiting the Consultation page.
Physicians will be emailed directly with a link to the survey.
Now online: College Connector Volume 6 | No. 5
September/October issue now available. Read it here.
Office closed on Monday, October 8
The College will be closed on Monday, October 8, 2018 for Thanksgiving.
Business will resume on at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 9, 2018.
Seeking physician feedback on the Prescribing Methadone standard
The College is now seeking feedback from physicians on the recently published Prescribing Methadone practice standard. The goal of this consultation is to assess the operability of the standard in practice. The consultation will be held from September 10 to 28, 2018. Physicians will receive an email with the survey link.
Notification of Bylaw Amendments: Section 1-7, Part 2 – Registration and Schedule A
The College Board approved amendments to section 1-7, Part 2 – Registration and Schedule A of the Bylaws made under the Health Professions Act, RSBC 1996, c.183 (HPA).
The Bylaw amendments have been posted for a three-month notice period giving College registrants and other interested parties the opportunity to review and comment.
For more information, please visit the Bylaw Amendments page.