BCCNP and the College of Midwives of BC began discussions this fall to explore amalgamating into a single regulator. A joint letter of intent was sent in September to the Minister of Health and the Steering Committee on Modernization of Health Profession Regulation.
On Nov. 27, 2019, the B.C. government put forward a bold proposal to reshape health regulation in this province. That same day, BCCNP and CMBC received a letter from the Steering Committee, expressing their support for our two colleges to amalgamate.
At this point, we don't expect that the amalgamation will have a big impact on registrants. Since BCCNP's formation on Sep. 4, 2018, the college has been working hard to fulfill our mandate to regulate in the public interest, as well as harmonizing standards where appropriate while respecting the four nursing designations. We will continue this work as we start to plan for amalgamation with CMBC.
Amalgamation is a complex process: we are just beginning to explore how we will move forward, and what the new college will look like. We will need the support and counsel of government, as well as our other stakeholders and partners, as we begin this exciting new chapter. We look forward to input from nurses and will provide regular updates on our progress.