Early office closure notification
Please be advised that the College office will close at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 31, 2016. The College will resume business on Thursday, September 1 at 8:30 a.m.
College Bylaw Amendment: Section 1-8
On April 1, 2016, the College Board approved amendments to section 1-8 of the Bylaws under the Health Professions Act, RSBC 1996, c.183.
Section 1-8 of the current Bylaws provides that only a registrant in good standing in the full, special, academic, or osteopathic classes of registration, who has a business address in the electoral district for which a vacancy on the Board exists, may stand for election to the Board. The proposed amendment to the Bylaws would limit elected registrants to those registrants who are not a director or an officer of another organization that would result in a conflict of interest to the College. The revised section of the Bylaws lists the types of organizations that exist in British Columbia where a conflict of interest may arise.
For more information, please visit the Bylaw Amendments page.
|The 90-day notification period for review and comment is now closed.|
Now online: College Connector Volume 4 | No. 4
July/August issue now available. Read it here.
College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia granted a permanent injunction for the unlawful practice of medicine
On July 21, 2016, the BC Supreme Court granted an Order prohibiting Mobile Life Imaging LLC (MLI) and Mr. Randy Spielvogel, both of North Dakota, USA, from providing any service, or facilitating the provision of any service, that may only be provided by a registrant of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC, and that may only be performed in a facility accredited by the College’s Diagnostic Accreditation Program (DAP); using any titles reserved exclusively to registrants of the College in British Columbia; and using any name, title, description or abbreviation of a name or title that expresses or implies that he is a registrant of or associated with the College.
The full media release is available here.
New guideline for prescribing methadone and buprenorphine released
The College has released a new guideline to assist physicians who wish to prescribe Suboxone® to treat patients with opioid use disorders.
Physicians in BC should be familiar with the new Methadone and Buprenorphine: Clinical Practice Guideline for Opioid Use Disorder document should they choose to prescribe Suboxone® (sublingual buprenorphine/naloxone), or its generic versions. Further updates will be made to this guideline in the coming months.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.