Bylaws provide a framework for the governance and operations of a regulatory health college.

The College of Complementary Health Professionals of BC is legally required to have bylaws in place on June 28, 2024, as described in Section 25.05(1) of the Health Professions Act.

The public notice period for the draft bylaws for the College of Complementary Health Professionals of BC has now closed.

These draft bylaws were subject to the notice requirements described in Section 19(6.2) of the Health Professions Act before they can be filed with the Minister of Health.

All bylaw feedback submissions will be reviewed and given full consideration. However, we will not respond to submissions individually.

A final set of bylaws will be approved by the new Board of the College of Complementary Health Professionals of BC and filed with the Ministry of Health so that they come into force on June 28, 2024.

Draft bylaws: what is changing and what is staying the same

The draft bylaws are based on the bylaws of the existing four regulatory colleges that will amalgamate on June 28, 2024 to form the College of Complementary Health Professionals of BC.

The draft bylaws do not propose changes to professional requirements. They do not include changes to regulated health professionals’ scope of practice, registration, fees, practice standards, nor quality assurance requirements.

Key changes in the bylaws relate to Board composition. For the College of Complementary Health Professionals of BC, the maximum Board size will be 12 members: six public members and six registrant members. Other bylaw changes that relate to governance of the new college are outlined in a Governance Framework document.

Highlights of other proposed bylaw changes

  • Inquiry: setting out standard College procedures in bylaws, such as pre-hearing conferences, duty to cooperate, and criteria for separating or combining complaints
  • Health Profession Corporations (HPCs):
    • establishing annual renewal dates for HPC permits
    • requiring an HPC-designated representative to communicate with the College and comply with HPC administrative requirements
    • mandatory disclosure of some publicly available information about an HPC, on request
    • transfer of responsibility for HPC revocation hearings from the College’s Board to the Discipline Committee
    • College records
      • including additional information in the public register
      • disclosure/publication of unauthorized practice.
    • The draft bylaws also reflect a move toward regulatory modernization and, in some cases, are anticipating requirements in the Health Professions and Occupations Act (HPOA), expected to be in force sometime in 2025.