Audit and Practice Review

Professional Development

The College of Applied Biology (the College or CAB) is the regulatory body for applied biology professionals in British Columbia. The College’s mandate is to protect the public interest. In order to aid the College in meeting its mandate the College has mandatory professional development requirements for its members.

Professional development is used to reference a wide variety of specialized training, formal education, and advanced professional learning intended to help applied biology professional members of the College of Applied Biology maintain, improve and expand their profession. This includes knowledge, competence and skills and scope of Practice.

The purpose of a professional development program is to protect the public interest via an assessment of members' compliance with professional standards through 1) helping with professional development and 2) ensuring compliance. The College has three professional development programs in place. They are the Audit Program, the Practice Review Program and the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program.

Audit Program

Section 21 of the College of Applied Biology Act (CABA) authorizes the College to establish an Audit and Practice Review Committee and provides the authority to establish the Audit program. The Audit process is binding and outlined in detail in Rule 14 and Schedule 6.

It is mandatory for members to comply with the Audit Program and process under the College of Applied Biology Act and Rules

The purpose of the audit program is to aid the College in fulfilling its mandate to protect the public interest. An audit is an assessment of a member’s competence, compliance and maintenance of professional standards through;

  • professional development; and
  • ensuring appropriate follow-up/remedial action(s) are in place to resolve deficiencies and/or non-compliance.

The audit process assesses how a member:

  • complies with legal requirements;
  • maintains and expands their area of practice;
  • retains and enhances their competency(ies);
  • adheres to professional standards for:
    • conducting work;
    • generating and administering work products; and
    • managing records.

Summary of the Audit Process: Members are randomly selected for audit annually by the Director of Practice (Deputy Registrar). Members selected to be audited are referred to as Auditees. Each Auditee is paired with an Auditor. Conflict of interest declarations are made by both the Auditee and Auditor to ensure the process is fair and transparent. The audit involves auditees answering a number of questions regarding what it means to be a regulated professional, their area of practice, compliance with laws and regulations, including the College’s Rules and Code of Ethics; they must provide an updated CV/resume and their most up to date CPD information.

Timeline: Auditees are notified in early January by College staff that they have been selected to be audited and who their assigned Auditor is. They are given 20 business days to complete the Auditee Questionnaire and College Continuing Professional Development (CPD) form and provide the College with any additional required information. The audit process is usually completed in the spring, when the Auditors and the Audit and Practice Review Committee hold their annual meeting to make recommendations and determinations on audits respectively.

Steps in a Typical Audit are:

  1. Auditee submits completed Questionnaire and Continuing Professional Development form (see below).
  2. The Director of Practice (Deputy Registrar) or Regulatory Support Officer ensures all of the required information has been received.
  3. The assigned Auditor contacts the auditee and reviews information to ensure completeness, accuracy and thoroughness.
  • The Auditor may require clarification and/or additional information from the Auditee to verify their compliance with College Act and Rules.
  1. The auditor makes a recommendation on the outcome of the audit to the Audit and Practice Review Committee (APRC).
  2. The APRC makes a determination and the auditee is notified in writing of the determination by the Director of Practice.

For more details about the College Audit Process, please review the information at the links below or contact the Director of Practice at 250.383.3306 or [email protected]

  • College Matters Articles regarding the Audit Process
    • College Matters Volume 11 Issue 3 (Dec. 2019)
      • Specific Article: All about Audits
    • College Matters Volume 6 Issue 4
      • Specific Articles: Professional Obligations (Message from the President), Tips for Maximizing your CPD Points, Managing & Tracking Your CPD Points, The College’s Self-Directed Learning Program
    • College Matters September Volume 5, Issue 2
      • Specific Articles: For Whom the Audit Bell Tolls & The Straight Goods 

Information regarding the College’s Audit Program can be directed to the Director of Practice [email protected] or 250.383.3306

Practice Review

NEW *PRACTICE REVIEW PROGRAM*

Section 21 of the College of Applied Biology Act authorizes the College to establish an Audit and Practice Review Committee and provides the authority to establish the Practice Review Program.

This program is under development and anticipated to be in place by the spring of 2020. It will be a more in-depth assessment of a member's professional practice than an audit assessment. Once finalized the Practice Review process will be binding and information provided on the College's website.

It will be mandatory for members to comply with the Practice Review Program and process under the College of Applied Biology Act and when the Professional Governance Act and College of Applied Biology Regulations are fully enacted.  

Summary of the Practice Review Process: The Practice Review program is not disciplinary in nature.  The intent is to protect the public interest and provide members opportunities to learn and make improvements to their practice and resolve compliance issues, if required.

For more details about the College Practice Review process, please review the information at the following links:

  • The College Rules:
    • Rule 14  -  sets out the rules for the establishment and conduct of the Audit and Practice Review Committee and the Audit Process.  
    • In development - the Practice Review Process

Information regarding the College’s Practice Review Program can be directed to the Director of Practice [email protected] or 250.383.3306