Who we are
The College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia (CSHBC) is a health regulatory body that exercises authority delegated by the provincial government through BC’s Health Professions Act (the “Act”).
As mandated by the Act, CSHBC regulates three professions – audiology, hearing instrument dispensing, and speech-language pathology – in the public interest to ensure that Registered Audiologists (RAUDs), Registered Hearing Instrument Practitioners (RHIPs), and Registered Speech-Language Pathologists (RSLPs) in BC deliver safe, ethical, and effective care.
BC is one of nine provinces in Canada that have statutory regulation of audiology and speech-language pathology.
BC is also one of five provinces in Canada (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Quebec) that have instituted statutory regulation (or quasi regulation) of hearing instrument dispensing. CSHBC collaborates with hearing instrument dispensing regulators in Alberta and Ontario as a member of the Hearing Instrument Practitioners Alliance of Canada (HIPAC), which provides a platform for discussion of regulatory across Canadian jurisdictions. BC is currently the only jurisdiction in Canada to regulate audiology and hearing instrument dispensing as separate professions.
What we do
CSHBC’s core function is to protect the public by overseeing the conduct and competence of its registrants.
CSHBC’s regulatory responsibilities include:
- Setting entry-to-practice requirements for licensure, and granting registration to successful applicants
- Setting professional and clinical practice standards
- Ensuring registrants attain and maintain practice competency
- Renewing registration for RAUDs, RHIPs, and RSLPs who meet requirements
- Maintaining a public register of those authorized to practise
- Addressing complaints about registrants and unlawful practitioners and investigating allegations of incompetent or unethical practice by registrants or unlawful practice/use of reserved title by non-registrants
Despite the word “College” in its name, CSHBC is not an educational institution and does not teach courses.
For more information about CSHBC’s role as a regulator, see Our Regulatory Role.
How we operate
CSHBC is governed by a Board made up of both elected registrants and government-appointed public representatives. There are also four statutory committees and five advisory committees that support CSHBC’s mandate in specific areas.
The College is a member of BC Health Regulators, a group of 21 health regulatory colleges constituted under the Health Professions Act and the Social Workers Act. The colleges, which have a shared mandate to ensure regulated health care providers deliver qualified, safe, and ethical care, meet regularly to share information and work collaboratively on improving regulation and regulatory practice across our organizations.