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Regulatory Agency

College of Chiropractors of British Columbia

The College of Chiropractors is the licensing and regulatory body for all chiropractors practicing in British Columbia. It protects the public by establishing and endorsing high standards of practice by licensed chiropractors. The college also addresses public complaints regarding any aspect of the examination and treatment process conducted by a licensed BC chiropractor including issues which may include inappropriate billing or practitioner behavior; disciplines chiropractors.

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College of Dental Surgeons of BC

The College of Dental Surgeons of BC (CDSBC) regulates 3,300 dentists and 5,700 certified dental assistants in the public interest under the Health Professions Act. CDSBC sets requirements to practice; establishes, monitors and enforces standards of conduct and care; monitors the continuing education of registrants; investigates complaints; and where necessary disciplines registrants who fail to live up to their professional standards obligations.

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College of Dental Technicians of BC

The College of Dental Technicians of BC (CDTBC) regulates the profession of dental technology in BC. It establishes, monitors, and enforces standards of practice to enhance the quality of practice according to the Health Professions Act and related regulations and the bylaws and policies of the CDTBC.

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College of Licensed Practical Nurses of BC

The College of Licensed Practical Nurses of BC (CLPNBC) establishes, monitors, and enforces standards of practice within the nursing profession in BC. It was established in 1996 when the Council of LPNs in BC was designated under the Health Professions Act. CLPNBC is now recognized as a professional regulatory organization, and its registrants as health-care professionals.

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College of Occupational Therapists of BC

The College of Occupational Therapists is responsible for ensuring the safe, ethical, and competent practice of occupational therapy in BC. It operates under BC’s Health Professions Act and the Occupational Therapists Regulation. All occupational therapists who practice in BC must be registered members of the college.

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College of Opticians of BC

The College of Opticians of BC establishes qualifications for opticians and works to ensure opticians are providing competent and effective care. Guided by the Health Professions Act, the College of Opticians of British Columbia is the health regulatory college for all opticians in BC.

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College of Pharmacists of BC

The College is the regulatory body for pharmacy in BC. It is responsible for registering pharmacists and licensing pharmacies throughout the province. The College’s mandate is to protect the public by ensuring pharmacists provide safe and effective care to help people achieve better health.

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College of Physical Therapists of BC

The College of Physical Therapists of BC (CPTBC) regulates the practice of physical therapists in BC, according to the Health Professions Act. It sets standards for entry into the profession, registers physical therapists, sets and enforces a set of rules that registrants must follow, and develops programs to promote the highest standards of physical therapy practice. The CPTBC also investigates complaints and disciplines physical therapists.

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College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC’s (the College) overriding interest is the protection and safety of patients, and the quality of care they receive from licensed physicians in BC. The College maintains high educational standards and licensure requirements and administers a number of quality assurance programs. The College also manages a comprehensive process for addressing public concerns and complaints against physicians.

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College of Psychologists of BC

The College of Psychologists of BC (CPBC) is the regulatory body for the profession of psychology in BC. The CPBC's role is to protect the public interest by regulating the practice of psychology and monitoring the practice of psychology practitioners. It sets the standards for the competent and ethical practice of psychology, promoting excellence and taking action when standards are not met.

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College of Registered Nurses of BC

The College of Registered Nurses of BC protects the public through the regulation of registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and licensed graduate nurses, according to the Health Professions Act. It establishes standards for education, registration, and professional practice and hears and investigates public complaints regarding the actions of nurses in BC.

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College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of BC (CSHHPBC)

The College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of BC (CSHHPBC) regulates three professions in the public interest under the Health Professions Act and related regulations, as well as the bylaws and policies of the CSHHPBC.

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College of Traditional Chinese Practitioners and Acupuncturists of BC

The College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia Regulates the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture in BC. It is the official professional licensing authority, established under the Health Professions Act.

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College of Veterinarians of BC

The College of Veterinarians serves the interests of the public and animals through the regulation and advancement of the veterinary profession in BC. It creates, promotes and enforces a high standard of qualification, conduct and competence by practitioners of veterinary medicine in BC.

Tribunal

Community Care and Assisted Living Appeal Board

Hears appeals of licencing, registration, and certification decisions for community care facilities and assisted living residences, as well as early childhood educators.

Tribunal

Health Professions Review Board

The Health Professions Review Board is an administrative tribunal created under the Health Professions Act. It provides independent reviews of certain decisions made by the self-governing colleges of designated health professions regarding investigation and disposition of complaints against registrants (health professionals who are college members), how quickly they deal with complaints made against registrants, and registration decisions affecting persons who want to become registrants.

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Hospital Appeal Board

The Hospital Appeal Board (HAB) is an independent, quasi-judicial appeal tribunal that hears appeals regarding permits to practice in a hospital. It provides medical practitioners with an avenue of appeal from hospital board of management decisions affecting their hospital privileges.

Tribunal

Mental Health Review Board

The Mental Health Review Board is an independent, quasi-judicial administrative tribunal that conducts review panel hearings under the Mental Health Act. The board conducts hearings to review and decide whether persons detained in or through any designated mental health facility in the Province should continue to be detained based on criteria in the Act.

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Patented Medicine Prices Review Board

The Patented Medicine Prices Review Board protects consumers by ensuring prices charged by manufacturers for patented medicines are not excessive.