Summary of Key Changes in Updated Standards of Practice for Physical Therapists in BC

Updated Standards of Practice will come into effect on March 4, 2024. This summary provides an overview of the major changes, however, as all the Standards of Practice have been updated, registrants are strongly encouraged to individually review the revised Standards in detail. Changes made to the standards reflect changes and evolution of practice, as well as questions to the College, and complaints data.

1)  Four new Standards were developed: Dual Practice, Duty of Care, Marketing and Advertising, and Sexual Abuse and Sexual Misconduct.

2) Three Standards were retired: Client-centred Care, Legislative Responsibilities and Quality Improvement. While these concepts remain integral to the practice of physical therapy, the content of these Standards is effectively covered in other regulation and Standards.

3) Several Standards were renamed to more accurately reflect their content:

  • Client Assessment, Diagnosis, Interventions renamed Client Assessment, Diagnosis, Treatment
  • Documentation and Record-Keeping Renamed Documentation
  • Collaborative Practice Renamed Concurrent Care
  • Competence renamed Continuing Competence
  • Consent renamed Informed Consent
  • Privacy/Confidentiality renamed Privacy and Record Retention
  • Risk Management renamed Risk Management and Safety
  • Telerehabilitation renamed Virtual Care
  • Use of Title renamed Title, Credentials and Specialty Designations
  • Professional Boundaries renamed Boundary Violations

In addition, content from some Standards was moved to other more relevant Standards.

Want to know more? We will offer a webinar on March 21, 2024, from 9:00 – 10:00 am to provide information about what is new and/or different in the updated Standards of Practice and to respond to any questions we have received about them.

Register online to attend or watch a recording of the webinar.