EMALB – Continuing Competence Requirements

Dear Members;

Please see message from the EMA Licensing Board below.

The Emergency Medical Assistants Licensing Board (EMALB) recognizes the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic and is supporting options to ensure that BC’s emergency medical assistants are available to support the provincial response to this public health crisis.
As the regulator for the province’s emergency medical assistants, EMALB is responsible for protecting patient safety by ensuring that all paramedics and EMRs have a current licence and are competent to practice.  
For EMAs who have not completed or submitted their continuing competence requirements for the current (2019-2020) reporting period, and recognizing the special circumstances presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board will not require EMAs to complete their continuing competence requirements for the current reporting period. Any EMAs who have completed continuing competence courses may, but are not required to, enter their credits and contacts into the EMACCS system. 
Please be assured that the EMALB is working with provincial government authorities to ensure that we have an adequate level of licensed health care professionals to address the challenges presented by the pandemic.  
Thank you for all of the work you are doing on the front lines and stay safe out there.
Amanda Saville, Director/Registrar


Provincial Executive Committee
CUPE Local 873