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B.C. Reg. 416/2008
Deposited December 12, 2008
effective June 1, 2009

Health Professions Act

Medical Practitioners Regulation

Note: Check the Cumulative Regulation Bulletin 2015 and 2016
for any non-consolidated amendments to this regulation that may be in effect.

2Reserved titles
3Scope of practice
4Restricted activities
5Limits or conditions on services and restricted activities
6Restricted and provisional registrant classes
7Patient relations program
8Health profession corporations


1  In this regulation:

"Act" means the Health Professions Act;

"college" means the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia continued under section 15.1 of the Act;

"drug" means a drug specified in Schedule I, IA, II or IV of the Drug Schedules Regulation, B.C. Reg. 9/98;

"medicine" means the health profession in which a person provides the services of

(a) assessment and management of the physical or mental condition of an individual or group of individuals at any stage of the biological life cycle, including the prenatal and postmortem periods,

(b) prevention and treatment of physical and mental diseases, disorders and conditions, and

(c) promotion of good health;

"osteopathic physician" means a registrant who is authorized under the bylaws to practise medicine as an osteopathic physician;

"sell" has the same meaning as in the Pharmacy Operations and Drug Scheduling Act.

Reserved titles

2  (1) The following titles are reserved for exclusive use by registrants:

(a) medical practitioner;

(b) physician;

(c) surgeon;

(d) doctor.

(2) The titles "osteopath" and "osteopathic physician" are reserved for exclusive use by osteopathic physicians.

(3) This section does not prevent a person from using

(a) the title "physician", "surgeon" or "doctor" in a manner authorized by another enactment that regulates a health profession, or

(b) an academic or educational designation that the person is entitled to use.

Scope of practice

3  A registrant may practise medicine.

Restricted activities

4  (1) A registrant in the course of practising medicine may perform any restricted activity.

(2) Only a registrant may provide a service of medicine as set out in this regulation if, on the day before this section comes into force, the provision of the same service by anyone other than a person authorized under the Medical Practitioners Act was prohibited.

Limits or conditions on services and restricted activities

5  A registrant may sell a drug only if

(a) standards, limits or conditions have been established, under section 19 (1) (k) or (l) of the Act, respecting the selling of drugs by registrants, and

(b) the registrant has received written permission from the board to sell drugs in accordance with the standards, limits or conditions described in paragraph (a).

Restricted and provisional registrant classes

6  The college is authorized to establish, under section 19 (1) (i) of the Act, the following classes of registrants:

(a) a class of restricted registrants, for the purposes of section 20 (4.2) of the Act;

(b) a class of provisional registrants, for the purposes of section 20 (4.3) of the Act.

Patient relations program

7  The college is designated for the purposes of section 16 (2) (f) of the Act.

Health profession corporations

8  Part 4 of the Act applies to medicine.

[Provisions of the Health Professions Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 183, relevant to the enactment of this regulation: section 12 (2)]