Registrant Information and Resources

Occupational therapists are no longer mailed hard copies of new or updated College documents about the regulation of the practice of occupational therapists in BC. All updates are posted here as soon as they are available. These documents are designed to help registrants understand;

  • the expectations for professional practice (such as the Essential Competencies of Practice for Occupational Therapists) and professional conduct (Code of Ethics), and
  • how the College Board meets its mandate (Occupational Therapists Regulation, COTBC Bylaws).

The binders were discontinued in 2014 but for those who continue to use them, the documents are organized under Tabs for convenience.

Tab 1:
Overview of the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia  (current annual report)

Tab 2: Occupational Therapists Regulation

Health Professions Act

Occupational Therapists Regulation

COTBC Bylaws
Bylaw Amendments Section 30 & 31
Bylaw Amendment Revised Schedule A – Fees
Bylaw Amendment Revised Schedule B – Code of Ethics
Bylaw Amendment (Added) Schedule E & F – Investigations & Disciplinary Hearings Tariffs

Tab 3: Ethical Conduct

Code of Ethics

Tab 4: Essential Competencies of Practice for Occupational Therapists

Essential Competencies of Practice – Third Edition (2011)

Tab 5: Practice Standards and Guidelines

Practice Standards

Managing Client Information Practice Standards

Overview of Managing Client Information Standards

1. Collecting and Recording Client Information (includes information regarding electronic records)

2. Protecting Client Information (Privacy and Security)

3. Client Access to the Occupational Therapy Record

4. Disclosing the Occupational Therapy Record

5. Records Respecting Financial Matters

6. Retention and Destruction of the Occupational Therapy Record

Risk Assessment and Management Tool

All 6 Standards in Managing Client Information Series

Conflict of Interest Standards

COI Practice Standard 1: Recognizing Conflict of Interest

COI Practice Standard 2: Preventing Conflict of Interest

COI Practice Standard 3: Managing Conflict of Interest

COI Risk Assessment and Management

Conflict of Interest Practice Standards – All

Practice Guidelines

Obtaining Consent to Occupational Therapy Services (March 2008)

Supervising Support Personnel (September 2011)

Scope of Practice Statement

Financial Incapability Assessment

Advisory Statements

Administration and Distribution of Naloxone by Occupational Therapists 2017
Occupational Therapists’ Assessment of Financial Management and Incapability
Providing Access to and Releasing Occupational Therapy Information 2009
Remedying a Breach of Security: COTBC Reporting Requirements 2010
Use of Title 2011

Tab 6: Quality Assurance Program (new name – formerly the Continuing Competence Program)

Details about the program and registrant responsibilities can be found under Quality Practice.

note: Occupational therapists registered prior to 2012 are also encouraged to keep any completed Self-Assessments, Professional Development Plans and Declaration Forms (up until and including 2011).

Tab 7: Client Relations Program

Drawing the Line: Guidelines for Establishing Professional Boundaries to Prevent Sexual Misconduct 2006
College Communique: Sexual Misconduct – What You Should Know