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 similar 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 – effective October 2, 2017

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
Please note that these are currently being adjusted to reflect the October 2, 2017 changes to our bylaws. Your patience is appreciated.

Practice Standards

Managing Client Information Practice Standards (2014); Revised October 2019

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

Managing Client Information Standards – All

Conflict of Interest Standards (2016); Revised October 2019

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 Standards for Consent (2019)

Consent Practice Standard 1: Obtaining and Maintaining Consent

Consent Practice Standard 2: Determining Capability to Give Consent

Consent Practice Standard 3: Documenting Consent

Practice Standards for Consent – All

Consent Risk Assessment and Management

Preventing Sexual Misconduct Standards (2017); Revised October 2019

PSM Practice Standard 1: Recognizing Sexual Misconduct

PSM Practice Standard 2: Avoiding Sexual Misconduct

PSM Practice Standard 3: Addressing Concerns related to Potential Sexual Misconduct

PSM Risk Assessment and Management

Preventing Sexual Misconduct Practice Standards – All

Professional Boundaries Practice Standards (2017)

PB Practice Standard 1: Fostering Therapeutic Relationships

PB Practice Standard 2: Recognizing Professional Boundary Issues

PB Practice Standard 3: Preventing Professional Boundary Issues

PB Practice Standard 4: Managing Professional Boundary Issues

PB Risk Assessment and Management

Professional Boundaries Practice Standards – All

Practice Guidelines

Supervising Support Personnel (September 2011), revised March 2020

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, updated 2020
Remedying a Breach of Security: COTBC Reporting Requirements 2010, updated 2020
Use of Title 2018; updated 2020

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.

Tab 7: Client Relations Program

Details about the program for both registrants and the public are available here.