In BC, regulatory colleges license most health care professionals. Our mandate is to protect you. So you can expect qualified, ethical and safe care from your regulated health care provider.
We are BC's more than 20 regulatory colleges governed by the Health Professions Act and the Social Workers Act. We make sure our licensed professionals are qualified to follow their standards.
We respond to complaints from patients, the public and other health care providers. We take action if a health professional’s practice is unsafe or unethical.
How do regulatory colleges work?
Colleges are responsible for setting and enforcing the standards, or rules, of their professions. Under BC law, our mandate is to serve and protect the public.
Each college has a board which includes members elected by its peers and at least two public members appointed by government. Members of the profession and the public are also involved in college complaints, discipline processes and other committees.
The college regulates the profession. The board oversees the college’s activities and is accountable for how the college operates and oversees the college’s activities. This is called self-regulation. Self-regulation is a privilege granted by government. Government recognizes that the profession is best positioned to know what education and practice standards are needed to ensure public safety and high quality services.
College of Chiropractors of BC
College of Dental Hygienists of BC
College of Dental Surgeons of BC
College of Dental Technicians of BC
College of Denturists of BC
College of Dietitians of BC
College of Licensed Practical Nurses of BC
College of Massage Therapists of BC
College of Midwives of BC
College of Naturopathic Physicians of BC
College of Occupational Therapists of BC
College of Opticians of BC
College of Optometrists of BC
College of Pharmacists of BC
College of Physical Therapists of BC
College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC
College of Podiatric Surgeons of BC
College of Psychologists of BC
College of Registered Nurses of BC
College of Registered Psychiatric
Nurses of BC
BC College of Social Workers
College of Speech and Hearing Health
Professionals of BC
College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Practitioners and Acupuncturists of BC