In June 2020, the College of Chiropractors of BC’s Board adopted a process for policy development that reinforces the evidence-informed nature of how decisions are made, including consideration of the latest research and, if appropriate, a period of public consultation.
The College of Chiropractors of BC has made a commitment to registrants, to the public, and to other key stakeholders to be open and transparent when it comes to policy, the scope of practice, bylaws, or other changes that could potentially affect the regulation of chiropractic in our province. We want to be sure that everyone knows what is being considered, and why. A variety of mechanisms and contexts will be considered and analyzed for policy process changes, on a case by case basis, to reach the public and registrants with the focus on protecting the public interest. In some cases, where appropriate, public consultation is one such mechanism available.
When a public consultation is undertaken, details regarding public consultation will be communicated broadly to ensure the public and registrants can contribute.
On April 13, 2022, the Board of the College of Chiropractors of BC approved enhancements to the public/stakeholder consultation elements of the College’s Policy Process. The enhancements include:
- Policy development that includes public/stakeholder consultation will indicate where in the policy process consultation will occur, and a rationale for that decision will be provided to the Board;
- Public/Stakeholder consultation to support policy development may use a variety of survey methods, depending on available resources and the project requirements. The Board will be advised of the rationale for the selection of any particular consultation instrument(s);
- Public/Stakeholder consultation plans will include a strategy for ensuring collected input is equitable and balanced, depending on the objectives of the project. The Board will be advised of the strategy and its rationale; and
- The decision to utilize public/stakeholder consultation to support policy development will be a recommendation of the Registrar that must be approved by the Board.