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 regulated 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 Health Professions Act to regulate the following health professionals:
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:
promoting and enhancing:
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 establish 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.
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.
Health Professions Act (HPA)
Health Professions Designation and Amalgamation Regulation
Health Professions General Regulation
Nurses (Licensed Practical) Nurse Regulation (LPN)
Nurses (Registered) and Nurse Practitioner Regulation (RN & NP)
Nurses (Registered Psychiatric) Regulation (RPN)
Midwives Regulation (RM)