Recently in the Globe and Mail there was an article addressing the principle behind self-regulating professions and in particular the recent decision by the B.C. Liberals to withdraw the Real Estate Council of British Columbia’s ability to regulate the real estate profession in B.C. After years of consumer complaints and problems in the real-estate industry, self- regulation in real estate is gone. Many in B.C. will also remember that B.C teachers lost the privilege of self-regulation several years ago.
This is not to suggest in any way that dental hygiene, or any other health profession, will head down a similar path. In fact the regulators of the health professions which include 22 Colleges that oversee the 24 professions regulated under the Health Professions Act (HPA), have been unique and forward thinking in uniting under the Health Professionals Regulators of BC (HRPBC), and in their desire to collaborate more and embark on campaigns that help the public understand the role of the regulator. This group has understood that self-regulation is a privilege to be undertaken by committed regulators who all share the same goals. It also bears noting that the nursing colleges, the College of Registered Nurses of BC, the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of BC and the College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of BC, are working to co-create a single nursing regulator.