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The Authority reviews performance of nurse regulator in Canada

The Professional Standards Authority (Authority) carried out a review of the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia at their request.

The Authority reviewed their performance as a regulator of 38,000 registered nurses and nurse practitioners in British Columbia. Our review examined the College’s approach to and compliance with 33 standards of good regulation covering four regulatory functions (Guidance and Standards, Education, Registration, Complaints) and governance.

The College wished to benchmark its performance against other regulators, to confirm where it was performing well and to identify any areas for improvement. Although the Authority has no statutory oversight of the College, we consider that there are mutual benefits in this review.

Harry Cayton, chief executive of the Professional Standards Authority said, ‘We value the opportunity to examine the performance of regulators in other countries in this way. It allows us all to learn from each other, to share good practice and so helps to protect patients and the public’.

Our conclusions and recommendations are set out in our report.


Christine Braithwaite, Director of Standards & Policy
DD: 0207 389 8039
Reception: 020 7389 8030

Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care

Notes to the Editor
  1.  The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care oversees nine statutory bodies that regulate health and social care professionals in the UK.
  2. We assess their performance and report to Parliament. We also conduct audits and investigations and can appeal fitness to practise cases to the courts if we consider that sanctions are unduly lenient and it is in the public interest.
  3. We also set standards for organisations holding voluntary registers for health and social care occupations and accredit those that meet them.
  4. We share good practice and knowledge, conduct research and introduce new ideas to our sector. We monitor policy developments in the UK and internationally and provide advice on issues relating to professional standards in health and social care.
  5. We do this to promote the health, safety and well-being of users of health and social care services and the public. We are an independent body, accountable to the UK Parliament.
  6. Our values are at the heart of who we are and what we do. We are committed to being impartial, fair, accessible and consistent in the application of our values.
  7. More information about our work and the approach we take is available at