Joint Initiative with the ABCFP
In 2007, the College of Applied Biology of BC and the Association of BC Forest Professionals signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which, in part, sets out the cooperation in areas of practice overlap between the definitions of “applied biology” and the “practice of professional forestry.”
One of the first initiatives of the Joint Committee is the development of Guidance on Providing Professional Advice. These documents are intended to lead to positive outcomes and be helpful to members when they exercise discretion in professional practice. The second document has been completed: Managing Species at Risk.
The College worked jointly with the ABCFP to produce the guidance documents for members of both organizations.
College, ABCFP Form Joint Regulatory Panel
The Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) and College of Applied Biology (CAB) have agreed to establish a joint regulatory panel.
The Professional Governance Act, enacted in February, requires regulatory bodies to collaborate with other regulators.
“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,” reads the agreement.
“The ABCFP and CAB both have effective relationships among registrants. Given the respective regulated practices are related in the application of the sciences and allied in the governance of their professions, we look forward to working together to serve and protect the public interest in professional practice,” says Christine Gelowitz, RPF and ABCFP chief executive officer.
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.
“What we heard overwhelmingly during our consultation on scope of practice was that applied biology professionals and forestry professionals are already working collaboratively in the field,” says Christine Houghton, CEO of the College of Applied Biology. “This practice panel effectively formalizes this relationship between professional regulators.”
The panel will also identify, prioritize, and promote continuing education and professional development, while providing guidance 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.