Here are the facts about a regulatory college for medical technologists in BC.
Forming a regulatory college will not cost taxpayers anything.
The proposed joint regulatory college will be created at no cost to the taxpayers of BC. Our two associations have reserve funds established to cover start-up costs. The joint college will be self-sustaining in the long term through annual licensing fees paid by the technologists themselves.
This College will remove barriers to employment of technologists in BC
A regulatory college will make employment easier for internationally trained professionals to have their prior learning assessed and credentials recognized here in Canada. A regulated profession will also allow more accurate human resource planning to match growing demand for services from a diverse population.
Medical technologists support self-regulation of the profession.
We conducted a survey of the members of both professional associations in 2006 and found that:
- 70% of BCSLS members surveyed either supported or did not oppose a regulatory college
- 59% of BCAMRT members surveyed felt the same way
The regulatory process includes public involvement.
The public will be involved every step of the way. The Health Professions Act requires that one third of the college Board of Directors be made up of public representatives; integral in bringing the public perspective to the regulatory process.
We all share responsibility in protecting the health and safety of British Columbians. Share your voice with the Minister of Health here.