Welcome to the College of Dietitians of British Columbia

The titles "Dietitian" and "Registered Dietitian" are protected by law.  Only qualified health professionals, who are registered with the College of Dietitians of British Columbia, may use these titles and practice as Dietitians in BC.

The College of Dietitians of British Columbia was established on November 2, 2002 under the Health Professions Act through enactment of the Dietitians Regulation. College bylaws were approved by the provincial government on December 11, 2003 and on April 1, 2004 the College became the legal authority for the regulation of Dietitians in British Columbia.

Under the Health Professions Act, the mandate of the College of Dietitians of BC is to protect the BC public by regulating Dietitians to practice safely, ethically and competently. The College achieves this through fulfilling its Vision, Mission and Values Statements.

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The College of Dietitians of BC addresses complaints about Registered Dietitians in accordance with the Health Professions Act. All dietitians registered with the CDBC are responsible for practicing in accordance with the Act, Dietitians Regulation and the CDBC bylaws, which include the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.

The Complaint Resolution Process document explains, in simple terms, how the CDBC manages and resolves complaints. There are two levels of complaint resolution: 1) the "Inquiry" level where a complaint is received and investigated, and an outcome is determined by the Inquiry Committee (most complaints are resolved at this level) and 2) the "Discipline" level where complaints that are not resolved at the Inquiry level are heard and resolved by a Panel of the Discipline Committee.  Serious Complaints that require immediate action are sent directly to the Discipline Committee.

If you have a complaint or concern, discuss the problem directly with the dietitian, the dietitian’s supervisor or both, if possible. If your complaint is not resolved to your satisfaction, you may want to pursue the matter with the Patient Care Quality Office and/or health care agency where the dietitian works.

If your concern or complaint cannot be resolved at the agency level or there is no agency involved, contact the CDBC using one of the following methods:

  • Email the CDBC at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or
  • phone 604.736.2016 in the Greater Vancouver Area or
  • phone toll-free in BC at 1-877-736-2016
  • BC Health Regulators
 

BC Health Authorities

Each health authority in British Columbia has a process to address quality of care complaints. The purpose of these offices is to assist in the resolution of complaints.
 

Case Outcome Reports

  • Case #06-02 - completed June 2006
  • Case #05-01 - completed December 2006
  • Case #07-04 - completed March 2008
  • Case #07-05 - completed May 2008
  • Case #07-03 - completed December 2008
  • Case #09-06 - completed June 2009
  • Case #11-07 - completed July 2011
  • Case #11-08 - completed August 2011
  • Case #13-09 - completed December 2013
  • Case #15-11 - completed May 2015
  • Case #15-12 - completed May 2015
  • Case #15-13 - completed May 2016
  • Case #14-10 - completed February 6, 2017
  • Case #16-14 - completed June 7, 2017
  • Case #16-15 - completed June 7, 2017
  • Case #17-16 - completed November 9, 2017
  • Case #17-17 - completed May 24, 2018
  • Case#18-18 - completed May 1, 2018
  • Case #18-19 - completed May 1, 2018

 

Disciplinary Hearings
The purpose of a disciplinary hearing is to receive evidence about the conduct in question, decide if the allegations against the Registered Dietitian are true, and determine what actions need to be taken for public protection. Hearings conducted by the College's Discipline Committee are similar to court proceedings and are managed by the College’s legal counsel. The registrant usually retains legal counsel as well. Discipline hearings are open to the public.

The CDBC has not yet had a Discipline Hearing and no Hearings scheduled at this time.

Appeal of Decisions
If a complainant is not in agreement with an Inquiry Committee or Discipline Hearing outcome, a request may be made to the Health Professions Review Board (HPRB) to review the thoroughness or adequacy of the investigation and if the outcome is reasonable based on the facts. The HPRB reviews all written documents and records of the investigation and decision making process (including any additional evidence) in order to ensure that all the evidence has been considered.

The HPRB may confirm the decision made by the Inquiry or Discipline Committees, change the Committees' decision, or send the matter back to the responsible Committee for reconsideration with directions

For more information about how the College deals with complaints, please refer to the Complaint Resolution Process.

Section 55 of the CDBC bylaws requires all registrants to carry professional liability insurance in an amount of not less than 2 million dollars per occurrence.

Registrants may obtain liability insurance from:

  • Employers/Health Authorities. Please verify this coverage meets the minimum requirement set in the CDBC bylaws. Remember this coverage may not include dietetic practice performed outside the employer/ Health Authority's jurisdiction.
  • Membership with Dietitians of Canada through LMS Prolink Ltd.
  • Sheppard Insurance Service Inc. or
  • Other private insurance providers.

In the past, applicants and registrants had to submit paper proof of professional liability insurance purchase. This is no longer required.

Now applicants and registrants legally declare they carry professional liability insurance when they apply/ renew their registration. The legal declaration is part of the Statutoty Declaration section of applications for registration and reinstatement. The CDBC will no longer collect paper receipts for liability insurance. Registrants are encouraged to save proof of insurance in their personal records.