Mission, Mandate and Values

Our mission

Serving the public through excellence and professionalism in medical practice.

Our mandate

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.

Our values

The College has a legislated duty to serve and protect the public. It must establish and administer registration, inquiry and discipline procedures that are transparent, objective, impartial and fair. Aligned with these duties, the following core values guide the College in its mission:


Through objective and transparent processes, we acknowledge and assume full responsibility for the actions we take and the decisions we make. We are committed to reporting openly to the public, including conducting open portions of our board meetings.


We conduct our business in a manner that promotes equity, due process and truth, and supports individual rights and liberties within the rule of law.


Our behaviours, actions and outcomes consistently reflect our foundational beliefs in honesty, respect, compassion and trust.


We share knowledge and work together with each other and our partners (government, health authorities, academic institutions, medical and health regulatory organizations) to protect patient well-being and serve the greater needs of the community.