The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy has implemented a new policy to increase transparency and accountability of Qualified Professionals (QP) working in the natural resource sector by requiring declarations of competency and conflict of interest.
The Professional Accountability Policy only applies to QPs who do work under the Environmental Management Act, the Integrated Pest Management Act, and the Park Act. The BC government began developing this policy in Fall 2017, citing on-going concerns about QP involvement at regulated sites.
The policy is an interim measure while the BC government develops further policy and regulations for mandatory declarations under the new Professional Governance Act. Engineers and Geoscientists BC has informed government that it plans to provide feedback on these declarations.
The association has devoted significant effort and resources to working with government to ensure that policy changes under the new Act benefit the overall public good and support key regulatory priorities identified by Engineers and Geoscientists BC. This included submitting a formal response to the government’s Intentions Paper in March.
For more information on the policy, please visit the Ministry’s website.
More information on the Professional Governance Act is available on our website, at egbc.ca/Professional-Governance.
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