New PHO Order Enables OTs to Conduct Swabs

On November 16, 2020, Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer, signed the Health Authority Regulated Health Professional SARS-CoV-2 Swabbing Order.

The purpose of this Order is to expand the human resource testing capacity for the virus in B.C.  by enabling a range of health professionals, who are not typically authorized to do this testing, to conduct nasopharyngeal swabs and mouth rinses. Occupational therapists are one of the professions covered under this Order. An Advisory Statement has been published to assist registrants to understand the Order and the associated employment, training, and competency assessment requirements it details.

Occupational therapists are asked to review the Order and the Advisory Statement. Please send any related practice questions to: