You can expect quality occupational therapy services from a registered occupational therapist in B.C. Only individuals who are registered with the College of Occupational Therapists of BC may use the title “occupational therapist”.

The College ensures your safety in the following ways:

  • Every practising occupational therapist is required to participate in the Quality Assurance Program to ensure that he or she is meeting the profession’s standards for practice and professional conduct. These standards are set to ensure that you will receive safe and ethical care from competent occupational therapists.
  • The College also hears any complaints or concerns about an occupational therapist’s practice or conduct.
  • Finally, if evidence is found that the occupational therapist is guilty of the accusation, the College takes appropriate action.

Health Professions Act and Occupational Therapists Regulation

COTBC is one of several colleges established under the Health Professions Act to protect your right to safe, effective and ethical care. It also operates under the Occupational Therapists Regulation.

Here are some examples of how these regulations can protect you:


Consent is required for all care provided by registered health professionals, except when treatment is provided in an emergency situation.

Privacy and Your Health Records

Occupational therapists may not give out your information to anyone but you or someone authorized to represent you. You must consent to the release of your information, unless it is required or allowed by law.

Mandatory Reporting

Occupational therapists must report sexual abuse of patients/clients, employment terminations due to professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity, and child abuse.