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Regulation of nurses & midwives

BCCNM is responsible for regulating nurses and midwives in British Columbia.

Regulation of health professions is one of the ways the provincial government serves and protects the public. There are 30 regulated health professions in British Columbia. ​They are regulat​ed by 16 self-governing bodies, known as colleges. You will find a full list of B.C.'s health profession regulatory colleges on the BC Health Regulators​ website.​ ​

Health profession regulatory colleges protect the public by setting standards for their registrants. These standards ensure health practitioners provide safe, competent and ethical care to their patients and clients​. When regulated health professions do not meet their standards, their college will intervene to protect the public. 

BCCNM is empowered by the Heal​th Professions Act to regulate the following health professional​s: 

  • licensed practical nurses​
  • nurse practitioners 
  • registered nurses
  • registered psychiatric nurses
  • midwives

Only registrants who hold practising registration are permitted to use the the legal title "nurse" or "midwife", depending on their respective designation. 

BCCNM's responsibilities include:

  • establishing the requirements for registration with BCCNM
  • recognizing education programs and courses in British Columbia for midwives and each nursing designation
  • establishing, monitoring and enforcing standards of practice and professional ethics for nurses and midwives
  • establishing and applying registration, inquiry and discipline procedures that are transparent, objective, impartial and fair
  • promoting and enhancing:

    • collaborative relationships with other health sector​ organizations  
    • interprofessional collabo​​rative practice between nurses, midwives, and other health professionals

Health Professions Act

The Health Professions Act is the government's statute that established a common regulatory system for the province's health professions. It was enacted by the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in 1990.


The provincial government decides whether a particular profession should be regulated by a college under the Health Professions Act. For each health profession designated by these cabinet-enacted regulations, the Minister of Health then enacts further regulations to establi​​sh the name of the new college responsible for the profession. Learn more»​


Bylaws are legal rules made under the Health Professions Act by and for each college​. Bylaws provide a detailed, profession-specific framework for each college's governance and operations. Bylaws are enacted by the college board and subject to oversight by the Minister of Health. Bylaw-making by the college board is an exercise of law-making authority delegated directly to the board by the Legislative Assembly.

Nurses' & midwives' roles in the work of BCCNM

BCCNM registrants contribute to the regulation of  nursing and midwifery professionals by serving on college committees, providing input into standards development, participating in general meetings, and joining in other BCCNM activities.​

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