Provincial Privileging Dictionaries

Privileging standards, or dictionaries, will include objective, criteria-based privileges and associated standards for medical staff practising in health authority facilities. They will bring consistency in understanding and expectations across the province for those requesting hospital privileges, as well as those approving privilege requests.

These discipline-specific privileging dictionaries include objective, criteria-based privileges and associated standards for medical staff practising in health authority facilities. The dictionaries contain the criteria required to apply for and maintain those discipline-specific privileges and they cover diagnostic, procedural, and non-procedural disciplines for practitioners. Discipline-specific panels defined currency standards (what is core to each discipline and what requires extra training (non-core)) for use by the BC Health Authorities.

The Provincial Privileging Dictionaries have been provided by The Physician Quality Assurance Steering Committee (PQASC)

Review and discuss the dictionary with your Division / Department Head and complete and sign this form if requested by your Division / Department Head.  If you have any questions about eligibility, discuss them without delay with your Department or Division Head.

You can download the most recent version of the Provincial Privileging Dictionaries online from any computer at the BC Health Authorities Provincial Practitioner Credentialing & Privileging Solution website.

Dictionary Review & Refresh Process

It is anticipated that there will be changes to the dictionaries over time and a task group is currently developing dictionary review and refresh processes. A priority order will be established for scheduled review of the dictionaries, while other means will be used to address unanticipated or urgent review issues that may arise. To that end, a panel is currently being convened to address the omission of termination of pregnancy privileges from the General Practice dictionary.

It should be noted that any member of the medical staff can request a review or change to a dictionary. To request a privilege not found in the provincial dictionaries, complete the Privileging Dictionary Request for Revision form and email it to: bcmqi@phsa.ca.