The College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia (CSHBC) is a regulatory body that exercises authority delegated by the provincial government through BC’s (the “Act”). As mandated by the Act, CSHBC regulates three professions – audiology, hearing instrument dispensing, and speech-language pathology – in the public interest to ensure that Registered Audiologists (RAUDs), Registered Hearing Instrument Practitioners (RHIPs), and Speech-Language Pathologists (RSLPs) in BC deliver safe, ethical, and effective care.
CSHBC’s regulatory responsibilities include:
- Setting entry-to-practice requirements, and granting registration to successful applicants
- Annually renewing registration for RAUDs, RHIPs, and RSLPs
- Ensuring our registrants maintain high professional standards
- Administering processes for complaints about registrants and unlawful practitioners
CSHBC is governed by a Board made up of both elected registrants and government-appointed public representatives. There are also seven core committees and three advisory committees that support CSHBC’s mandate in specific areas.
The College is a member of BC Health Regulators, a group of regulatory colleges constituted under the Health Professions Act and the Social Workers Act. The colleges meet regularly to share information and work collaboratively on projects to enhance patient safety and public protection in BC.
BC is one of eight provinces in Canada that have statutory regulation of audiology and speech-language pathology. CSHBC collaborates with audiology and speech-language pathology regulators in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland & Labrador as a member of the Canadian Alliance of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Regulators/Alliance canadienne des organismes de réglementation en orthophonie et en audiologie (CAASPR/ACOROA), which provides a platform for discussion of regulatory issues on a national level.
BC is also one of four provinces in Canada that have instituted statutory regulation of hearing instrument dispensing. BC is the only jurisdiction to regulate audiology and hearing instrument dispensing as separate professions. CSHBC collaborates with hearing instrument dispensing regulators in Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec to discuss regulatory issues on a national level for the dispensing profession.