Complaint about sexual misconduct

If you believe that a BC physician or surgeon may have crossed a line, said something that made you feel awkward or uncomfortable, or otherwise engaged in sexual misconduct, please contact us to speak with a trained complaint navigator.

What happens after I file a complaint?

  1. You will be contacted by a College investigator and complaint navigator.
    • The investigator will ask you to describe what happened in as much detail as possible.
    • The complaint navigator will be available to provide support.
    • This information will be recorded.
  2. We will notify the registrant involved in your complaint.
    • The registrant will be required to respond.
    • The registrant will often be required to attend an interview with the deputy registrar and College legal counsel.
  3. We will gather information related to your complaint.
    • This includes obtaining a copy of your medical record kept by the registrant, clinic or hospital.
    • If appropriate, we may also contact other people to learn more about what happened.
  4. You will be given a copy of the registrant’s response.
    • You can respond to the registrant's response if you want.  
    • The registrant will be provided with an opportunity to respond to any new information that arises.
  5. Once the investigation is complete, the file is then reviewed by the Inquiry Committee to determine an outcome.
  6. You will receive a written explanation of the Inquiry Committee’s review and opinion in response to your complaint. The complaint navigator will be available to explain the Inquiry Committee’s decision.

What about privacy and confidentiality?

Concerns about privacy may be foremost in your mind. While you can contact us anonymously and make general inquiries, we need to act on information quickly once you reveal a registrant’s identity.

You should be aware that if we proceed with an investigation, we must disclose your name to the registrant who is being investigated so that they have an opportunity to respond.

Learn more about the general complaint process
What patients can expect when reporting sexual misconduct by a physician to the College