Bylaw Amendments

According to the Health Professions Act, section 19(6.2):

(6.2) A bylaw under subsection (1), other than a bylaw under subsection (1) (b), (c), (d), (f), (g), (k), (l), (l.6), (l.9), (l.92), (p), (q), (u.1), (v.1), (w.1) or (z), may not be made, amended or repealed unless

(a) notice of the proposed bylaw, amendment or repeal is given by the board to the minister and the college of each health profession prescribed by the minister for the purposes of this subsection

(i) at least 3 months before the proposed bylaw, amendment or repeal is filed with the minister, or
(ii) within a shorter period the minister specifies as appropriate in the circumstances, and

(b) the proposed bylaw, amendment or repeal is, for the period referred to in paragraph (a),

(i) made available by the board for inspection by any person, free of charge, at the office of the college at all reasonable times during regular business hours, and
(ii) posted by the board on the college website.

The following are proposed amendment(s) to the Bylaws:

Section 2-5 and Schedule A

On September 18, 2019, the College Board approved amendments to the Bylaws under the Health Professions Act, RSBC 1996, c.183, in particular section 2-5 and Schedule A.

The proposed Bylaw amendments provide for the application of an administrative fee in cases where registrants do not have a unique Medical Identification Number of Canada (MINC) in order to cover the costs associated with staff having to manually verify compliance with continuing competency requirements.


Over the past few years, the College has been working with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the College of Family Physicians of Canada to electronically source-verify whether a registrant is compliant with their continuing competency requirements. This verification can be done quickly and easily for registrants who have a MINC.

In situations where a registrant does not have a MINC, College staff must manually verify compliance. The Board approved the Bylaw amendments to recognize and account for costs associated with this additional administrative effort, and to direct such costs appropriately to individual registrants who choose not to obtain a MINC.

The Bylaw amendments have been posted for a three-month notice period, giving College registrants and other interested parties the opportunity to review and comment.

Comments can be submitted to the following by January 15, 2020:

College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia
Attention: Registrar and CEO
Fax: 604-733-3503

Ministry of Health, Health Sector Workforce Division
Attention: Brian Westgate, Director of Strategic Priorities
Professional Regulation and Oversight
3rd Floor, 1515 Blanshard Street
Victoria BC  V8W 9P4