The Health Care (Consent) and Care Facility (Admission) Act (HCCCFAA) sets out a patient’s right to give or refuse consent to health care, defines what constitutes ‘consent’, and articulates the obligation of health care providers – including massage therapists – to obtain consent for treatment. The Ministry of Heath has published a guide to the HCCCFAA (PDF).
The Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) is legislation that applies to the great majority of RMTs in British Columbia. It sets out the general rules that apply to the protection of patients’ personal information, and the obligations of registrants to maintain patient confidentiality and privacy. The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner has published a guide to PIPA(PDF). Registrants should also be aware of Schedule ‘E’ to the College’s Bylaws, which sets out registrants’ obligations to abide by all applicable legal requirements regarding privacy and confidentiality, including PIPA.