July 04, 2016   | Posted in:

Important notice regarding Suboxone®

In order to allow for greater patient access to opioid substitution treatment in British Columbia, as of July 1, 2016 physicians will no longer be required to hold an exemption to prescribe methadone for opioid use disorder prior to being able to prescribe Suboxone® (sublingual buprenorphine/naloxone), or its generic versions. This decision has been made in collaboration with the Ministry of Health.

To further remove barriers to patient access, the College will no longer maintain a central registry of patients registered in the methadone program. As a result, patient registration, transfer, and cessation forms are no longer required to be submitted. Prescribers are still expected to check PharmaNet before accepting a patient seeking opioid treatment, and to also contact any previous prescriber to verify the clinical information.

In the coming days, the College will be releasing a new document entitled Methadone and Buprenorphine: Clinical Practice Guideline for Opioids Use Disorder, with which all physicians – whether prescribing Suboxone®  or methadone – should be familiar. Further updates will be made to this guideline in the coming months.

June 29, 2016   | Posted in:

Disciplinary action re: Dr. David Frederick Hepburn

Dr. David Frederick Hepburn, a family physician, has admitted to engaging in unprofessional conduct.

The full disciplinary action is available here.

June 27, 2016   | Posted in:

Now online: College 2015/16 Annual Report

The College is pleased to announce that the 2015/16 Annual Report, audited financial statements and committee chair reports have been published on the College website. The report provides an overview of the work of the College this past year, which was shaped by several significant societal issues and events that directly affected medical regulation. The College acknowledges its health partners for collaborating on initiatives, and for working so swiftly and effectively to respond to societal change together.

The reports are available here.

Tell us what you think about this year's Annual Report by completing a brief survey.

June 24, 2016   | Posted in:

College publishes new professional standard on MAiD

The College Board has approved a revised professional standard on medical assistance in dying (MAiD), which aligns with the criteria for eligibility for MAiD based on the amended Criminal Code, RSC 1985, c.C-46. The standard also reflects the statutory safeguards and processes. The new standard was developed with input from the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA), and representatives from the Ministry of Health, health authorities, and the Colleges of Registered Nurses and Pharmacists of BC.

The new standard on MAiD can be found here.

Supporting questions and answers can be found here.

June 21, 2016   | Posted in:

Hearing notification re: Dr. Jeannine Olszewski

The College will convene a hearing regarding Dr. Jeannine Olszewski on July 14, 2016.

The full hearing notification is available here.

June 17, 2016   | Posted in:

College statement regarding medical assistance in dying legislation

Today, Bill C-14 received royal assent by the Governor General after passing a final vote in the Senate (44-28).

Now that legislation is enacted, the provisions contained in the new legislation will take priority over the provisions contained in the College’s recently drafted standard. The College will be updating its legislative guidance to physicians over the coming days to ensure it reflects the new law and any regulations that may follow.

The College will inform registrants once such guidance has been approved by the Board.

June 08, 2016   | Posted in:

Now online: College Connector Volume 4 | No. 3

May/June issue now available. Read it here.

June 06, 2016   | Posted in:

College issues new standard on medical assistance in dying

The College has released a new standard for BC physicians who choose to provide, or conscientiously object to medical assistance in dying.

The standard can be found here, while a document containing FAQs can be found here.

June 01, 2016   | Posted in: ,

College Board adopts new professional standard on safe prescribing to address public health emergency related to opioid overdoses

At its recent meeting, the Board of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC adopted a new professional standard, Safe Prescribing of Drugs with Potential for Misuse/Diversion, to assist physicians with the challenging task of prescribing opioids, benzodiazepines and other medications.

The full media release is available here. A backgrounder can be found here.

May 25, 2016   | Posted in:

College Bylaw Amendment: Section 2-8

On April 1, 2016, the College Board approved amendments to section 2-8 of the Bylaws under the Health Professions Act, RSBC 1996, c.183.

Prior to March 2016, the quality assurance and practice assessments department was responsible for ensuring that registrants are current in clinical practice in accordance with section 2-8 of the Bylaws. Since that time, there has been a realignment of responsibilities and effective March 2016, the registration department of the College has assumed this role. Moreover, it was identified that there is a need for a clear appeal mechanism for those registrants who are not satisfied with a decision made under section 2-8. Given that these decisions regarding a registrant’s currency in clinical practice are made by the registrar of the College pursuant to section 2-8(2), it is preferable that any requests for review of such decisions be directed to the Board.

For more information, please visit the Bylaw Amendments page.

The 90-day notification period for review and comment is now closed.


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