College of Applied Biology

All complaints about registrants are reviewed. Many can be resolved at the investigation stage and others may ultimately be sent to a Discipline Panel. The Investigations Committee, the body charged with reviewing complaints, consists of members of the College and members of the public. The Committee reviews and discusses all material submitted about the complaint.

What happens when the College receives your complaint submission?

Yes. The Professional Governance Act prescribes that the governing Councils of regulatory bodies shall have four public representatives (Lay Councillors) appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council through the Crown Agency and Board Resourcing Office. Public representatives are also required for Committees and are appointed by Council.

No. The College of Applied Biology’s role is to protect the public interest and is the regulatory body for the applied biology profession. The College is responsible under the Professional Governance Act (2018) for setting and maintaining entrance requirements through the Credentialing Standard and holding its registrants professionally accountable to the public interest through audits, practice reviews and, if necessary investigations processes.

The College makes sure that a member practicing applied biology in British Columbia has the necessary knowledge and skills.  No one who is a member can call themselves a Professional Biologist or a Registered Biology Technologist without registration in the College.  The College addresses the behaviour, skills and knowledge of members through a complaint driven process and through random practice audits.

To regulate the professional conduct and competency of the practice of its registrants in the public interest.

Through the Professional Reliance Review and subsequent development of the Professional Governance Act the province of BC has committed to a professional self-reliance model that allows for regulatory bodies to set standards for entry and regulate the practice of its registrants with oversight from the Office of the Superintendent of Professional Governance in order to uphold the public interest.

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