The College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia is a regulatory college which regulates the practice of medicine in British Columbia. The primary function of the College is to ensure that physicians are qualified, competent and fit to practise medicine. The College administers processes for responding to complaints from patients and for taking action if a physician is practising in a manner that is incompetent, unethical or illegal.
All physicians who practise medicine in British Columbia must be registered with the College.
The College also administers quality assurance and accreditation programs to ensure that every physician in the province is practising according to professional standards and that all of BC's diagnostic and private medical and surgical facilities are accredited.
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia regulates the practice of medicine under the authority of provincial law. All physicians who practise medicine in the province must be registrants of the College. The College's overriding interest is the protection and safety of patients. The role of the College is to ensure physicians meet expected standards of practice and conduct. Regulation of the medical profession is based on the foundation that the College must act first and foremost in the interest of the public. The primary function of the College is to ensure that physicians are qualified, competent and fit to practise medicine. The College administers processes for responding to complaints from patients and for taking action if a physician is practising in a manner that is incompetent, unethical or illegal. The College also administers a number of quality assurance activities to ensure physicians remain competent throughout their professional lives.
While the College often collaborates with stakeholders and partners in the public interest, the College is an independent body, separate from government and other organizations, such as Doctors of BC (formerly BCMA).
The role of the College and its authority and powers are set out in the Health Professions Act, RSBC 1996, c.183, the Regulations and the Bylaws made under the Act. A Board of 10 peer-elected physicians and five members of the public appointed by the Ministry of Health (British Columbia) govern the College.
Under the legislation, the College has 14 committees made up of Board members, medical professionals and public representatives who review issues and provide guidance and direction to the Board and the College staff. The daily operations of the College are administered by the registrar (CEO) and other medical and professional staff.