To improve consistency and best practices across all registered professions, David Eby, Attorney General, announced proposed changes to the Professional Governance Act.

The act currently oversees five regulatory bodies that regulate six professions:

  • BC Applied Science Technologists and Technicians;
  • the Association of Professional Foresters of British Columbia;
  • the Institute of Agrologists of British Columbia;
  • the College of Applied Biologists; and
  • BC engineers and geoscientists.

Since the law took effect on February 5, 2021, the Office of the Superintendent of Professional Governance (OSPG) has identified changes that will improve oversight of these professions and allow more professions to operate within the framework.

Proposed changes:

  • enable the government to provide the right level of regulation by adapting the law to the needs of different professions;
  • enable the implementation of best practices in professional governance;
  • allow regulators to resolve instances of non-compliance with administrative matters, such as continuing education requirements, outside of the disciplinary process in a fair manner;
  • allow professionals to require, in certain cases, to declare that they are competent to provide their services and that they are free from any conflict of interest;
  • ensure that the law does not affect indigenous traditional knowledge or practices; and
  • provide the option of an external funding source so that the OSPG can more effectively carry out its mandate.

These amendments will also allow the Architectural Institute of BC to be subject to the act this year, and other professions in the future.