College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia

HPRB Decision of Eligibility to Write Examinations

June 03, 2016

The BC Health Professions Review Board (“HPRB”) released its May 17, 2016 decision on a case that involved the College’s Education and Examination Committee’s decision to reject seven examination applicants to write examinations due to failure to meet the eligibility requirements.

The HPRB agreed with the decision of the Education and Examination Committee in this case. Examination applicants must meet the examination requirements set out under s. 55.1 of the College bylaws. The relevant section of the bylaws is cited as follows for reference:

 “successful completion of not less than two (2) years of liberal arts or sciences study (comprised of at least 60 credits) in an accredited college or chartered/approved university acceptable to the registration committee”.

The HPRB held that the College exercised its mandate without unfairness, bad faith, improper purpose or taking into account entirely or predominantly irrelevant factors. The HPRB observed that the College’s statutory duty is to establish appropriate academic requirements for registration as a member of the College and that the College’s Education and Examination Committee and Registration Committee perform a gate keeper function in this regard.

This decision demonstrates the College’s ongoing commitment to the regulation of the profession in the public interest. Ensuring only qualified applicants are registered with the College is an important component of the College’s public safety mandate.

A copy of the decision can be accessed here.