Under section 19 of the Health Professions Act, the CSHBC Board creates and amends the College’s Bylaws. CSHBC Bylaws outline rules for: governance and administration of the College; registration and certification of practitioners in the three professions regulated by the College; and standards, complaints, and discipline. The Bylaws also contain a Registrant Code of Ethics and a Schedule of Fees.
Notice of Bylaw amendments is distributed to BC health profession regulatory colleges and posted on the CSHBC website to ensure that the public and other interested stakeholders may view all proposed amendments in a timely and transparent manner and provide feedback. In consultation with the Ministry of Health, the Board must approve all Bylaw amendments.
Health Professions Act
CSHBC is one of 20 health regulatory colleges in BC governed by the Health Professions Act. As outlined in section 16 (1), the Act mandates that colleges govern their registrants in the public interest:
Duty and objects of a college
16 (1) It is the duty of a college at all times
(a) to serve and protect the public, and
(b) to exercise its powers and discharge its responsibilities under all enactments in the public interest.
Health Professions General Regulation
- The prescribed periods for disposing of complaints
- The standard form Oath of Office for Board members
- The reasons for refusing to disclose information contained in the register.
Speech and Hearing Health Professionals Regulation
The Speech and Hearing Health Professionals Regulation defines what constitutes audiology, hearing instrument dispensing, and speech-language pathology, and prescribes:
- The name of the College
- The scope of practice of CSHBC registrants
- The professional titles reserved for the exclusive use of CSHBC registrants
- Restrictions, limits, or conditions on the practice of audiology, hearing instrument dispensing, and speech-language pathology.