The Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) and the College of Applied Biology (CAB) have agreed to establish a joint regulatory panel.
The Professional Governance Act, enacted in February 2021, requires regulatory bodies to collaborate with other regulators.
The agreement reads: "The regulated practice of professional forestry in the PGA Forest Professionals Regulation and the regulated practice of applied biology in the PGA Applied Biologists Regulation are essential to the proper protection of the safety, health, and welfare of the public and the environment, as well as the promotion of health and safety in the workplace".
The Applied Biology and Forestry Environment Practice Panel (EPP) will be accountable to the chief executive officers of both organizations to bring forward recommendations regarding matters such as changes to the joint agreement, roles of registrants, professional practice, and competency standards.
The panel will also identify, prioritize, and promote continuing education and professional development, while guiding on other matters, such as forming task forces. Both organizations will promote the appropriate use of professional titles as prescribed in the PGA, regulations, and respective bylaws.
View the agreement here.
The CAB news release can be viewed here.
The ABCFP news release can be viewed here.
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