College of Applied Biology

Frequently Asked Questions

No. The College of Applied Biology’s role is to protect the public and is the governing body which awards certification of title.  It sets standards for competency in the practice of the profession and the conduct of its members through the administration of the College of Applied Biology Act (2002).

The ABP’s role is to represent its own members and assist biology professionals.  For more on the goals of this organization, go to

Upon receipt the complaint will be forwarded to the Discipline Committee for an initial review to ensure it meets the jurisdiction requirements of the College.  We will advise the member of your complaint and ask him or her to respond.  We will advise you how the member has responded to your complaint and you will have an opportunity to provide comments on the response.  We may get in touch with other individuals who you or the member think may be helpful.  The member’s explanation may satisfy your concerns and resolve the complaint.  If it does not, then the process may continue.

All complaints about members are dealt with seriously.  Many can be resolved at the investigation stage and others may ultimately be sent to a Discipline Panel.  The Discipline Committee, the body initially 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.  The member against whom the complaint is made may be interviewed.  In some circumstances, you may also be interviewed to help the committee understand the problem.

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.

Yes. Members of the public serve on the Council of the College and are government appointees.  Public members also serve on committees and are appointed by Council.

Often problems that arise are the result of a misunderstanding or lack of information.  If you have a problem with a member of the College, a frank discussion between the two of you is encouraged and may result in resolving the issue.  If that is not possible, you can ask the College of Applied Biology to become involved by submitting a complaint.

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

The practice of applied biology is very complex and, the College, made up of experienced practitioners, is best able to judge whether the performance or conduct of members is appropriate or whether a member’s skills are satisfactory.