Regulating Health Professions

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What is this engagement about?

On March 8, 2018, the Honourable Adrian Dix, Minister of Health (the Minister), exercised his authority under the Health Professions Act (HPA) to initiate an inquiry into the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia (CDSBC). The inquiry was conducted by Mr. Harry Cayton of the Professional Standards Authority in the United Kingdom.

An Inquiry into the Performance of the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia and the Health Professions Act (the Cayton Report) was released on April 11, 2019. Part One of the Cayton Report includes recommendations to improve the operations and functioning of CDSBC. Part Two of the Cayton Report outlines possible approaches to modernizing British Columbia’s health profession regulatory framework.

A Steering Committee has been established to respond to Part Two of the Cayton Report. The Steering Committee will be chaired by the Minister. Mr. Norm Letnick, health critic for the official Opposition, and Ms. Sonia Furstenau, health critic and house leader for the BC Green Party caucus are committee members. The Steering Committee will develop a proposal for modernization to protect the public interest, enable high quality care, and consider reducing the number of regulatory colleges. The proposal is expected to be presented to the Minister in 2019.

Public consultation and expert guidance are required to help develop a model of health profession regulation that is appropriate to British Columbia.

Members of the public and health sector stakeholders are invited to provide written comments on Part Two of the Cayton Report. Written submissions may be provided by email to: using the subject line ‘Cayton Report.’

Feedback will be accepted until June 14, 2019.

For further information about this public consultation, please see the Ministry of Health’s Professional Regulation website and these Frequently Asked Questions.


How can my contribution make a difference?

Feedback will be used to assist the Steering Committee to identify and prioritize elements of regulatory modernization that are important to British Columbians and health sector stakeholders.

The Steering Committee may wish to take a phased approach to consultation which may include future consultation on specific decisions or options. The purpose of this initial phase of public consultation is to assist the Steering Committee to understand what matters most to patients, families, service providers, and other stakeholders as the Steering Committee prioritises their work and areas of focus.

The Steering Committee will provide an overview of themes emerging from the feedback via the Ministry of Health’s Professional Regulation website.


Details of the Consultation:

Date: May 9, 2019, to June 14, 2019

Status: Open

Location: Province wide

Category: Health & Safety

Type: Email

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