Association Provides Statement for Professional Reliance Review

Posted on January 26, 2018

Engineers and Geoscientists BC has provided a statement as part of the consultation process for government’s review of the professional reliance model.

The statement, which was provided to government and posted on the govTogetherBC website, reinforced the association’s dedication to developing rigorous regulatory solutions that serve to protect British Columbians, and the ongoing efforts it has made to identify improvements to the professional reliance model.

Government’s review of the professional reliance model was announced in October 2017, with the goal of ensuring that the highest professional, technical, and ethical standards are being applied to resource management in BC. The review is intended to assess the current legislation governing qualified professionals (QPs) in the natural resource sector upon whose professional recommendations the government relies, as well as the role their professional associations play in upholding the public interest.

To date, the review has included an audit of five professional associations, including Engineers and Geoscientists BC and the associations governing agrology, applied science technology, applied biology, and professional forestry. Engineers and Geoscientists BC provided a significant amount of information on the ways in which it utilizes proactive and reactive regulatory programs to ensure engineering and geoscience is conducted safely and to high standards.

Government also requested the participation of members of the professional associations in a survey on professional reliance, which was distributed to Engineers and Geoscientists BC members working in the resource sector.

As the review continues, Engineers and Geoscientists BC looks forward to working with government to contribute to a stronger professional reliance system.

A final report is expected to be completed by spring 2018.

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