Are the College and the Association of Professional Biologists (APB) the same thing?
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.
To be clear: even since the time the College of Applied Biology Act was brought into effect in 2003 there has not been a connection between the College and the Association or any other non-regulatory group. The College mandate is to uphold the public interest, not to engage in advocacy.