Professional Conduct Handbook

The College of Chiropractors of BC publishes a Professional Conduct Handbook (PCH) applicable to all registrants of the College. Registrants are responsible to be familiar with the content in the handbook. The public will also find information regarding commonly asked questions. The PCH is revised periodically by the College as required. The current revision is August 2016.

On August 10, 2016 the Board of the College of Chiropractors of British Columbia (CCBC) approved the following amendments to the Professional Conduct Handbook (PCH):

Imaging Requests

  • Addition Part 2 Consultation and Examination, Section 2.6:Where chiropractors order imaging from another facility they must have the results interpreted by a qualified health professional and receive a written report documenting that interpretation.  The chiropractor is responsible for making an appropriate referral where they determine that imaging they have ordered includes findings or recommendations outside the scope of practice for chiropractic.   See Appendix “L” to the Handbook for additional information.
  • Addition of Appendix “L” – Imaging Requests
  • Rationale: This section formalizes and reinforces the chiropractor’s role as a primary health care provider who is responsible for making an appropriate referral when findings fall outside of the scope of practice of chiropractic.

Laser Guidelines

  • Addition of Part 9 Scope of Practice, Section 9.3: Guidelines for the use of laser instruments within the scope of practice are set out in Appendix “K” to the Handbook.
  • Addition of Appendix “K” – Laser Instrument Guidelines
  • Rationale: Appendix “K” clearly defines the relevant legislation for clinical laser applications within the context of a chiropractic clinic.