Advisory Statements are published by the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia to increase registrants’ awareness of important issues relevant to the practice of occupational therapy and/or critical issues that have the potential to affect, or have a direct impact on, occupational therapy practice.
This advisory statement provides an overview and regulatory considerations related to the Health Authority Regulated Health Professional SARS-CoV-2 Swabbing Order issued by B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer on November 16th, 2020. Unless rescinded earlier, the Order is in effect until the date the Provincial Health Officer provides notice that the COVID-19 regional emergency has passed.
This advisory statement provides an overview on medical assistance in dying (MAiD), including current legal and ethical considerations for occupational therapy practice in British Columbia. Release date: June 25, 2020
This advisory statement describes the roles that occupational therapists may have in completing assessments to determine the incapability of a client to consent to admission to a care facility. Specifically, it explores the impact that Part 3 of the Health Care (Consent) and Care Facility (Admission) Act (HCCCFAA) has on occupational therapists’ practice. Release date: November 4, 2019
Use of Title
This advisory statement informs occupational therapists regarding how to use their reserved title with respect to university degrees, job titles, and other credentials. It suggests ways in which students and support personnel can be identified when supervised by an OT. Inappropriate use of title is also outlined. Release date: November 2011; Revised January 2020
This advisory statement clarifies the roles occupational therapists may have in administering and/or distributing naloxone. Specifically, it discusses the impact that amendments to the Health Professions General Regulation and the unscheduling of emergency use naloxone have on occupational therapists’ practice. Release date: March 13, 2017; Revised October 19, 2017
This advisory statement clarifies the various roles occupational therapists can have in the assessment of clients’ financial management abilities. Specifically, it explores the impact of Section 2.1 of the Adult Guardianship Act (AGA) and Statutory Property Guardianship (SPG) Regulation on occupational therapists’ practice. Release date: April 27, 2015
This advisory statement focuses specifically on the responsibilities relating to access, disclosure and release of information gathered as part of the occupational therapy service provision. Release date: July 2009
Information an occupational therapist must provide COTBC when there has been a breach of security is outlined in this document. Release date: October 2010; ; Revised February 2020