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Professional liability protection

All CRNBC registrants with practicing registration status are required by CRNBC to hold professional liability protection (PLP).

In British Columbia any regulated health care provider - including nurses - can be held personally liable for professional negligence. Professional liability protection (PLP) is required to:

  1. Ensure that individuals who have been harmed as a result of professional negligence by CRNBC registrants are compensated
  2. Provide adequate​ protection for CRNBC registrants from the costs of defending an allegation made against them, and any resulting damages awarded.

Who needs professional liability protection?

Any registrant with practising registration status is required to have valid professional liability protection. This includes registrants who:

CRNBC registrants automatically become beneficiaries of the Canadian Nurses Protective Society (CNPS) upon initial registration, and that status is renewed annually at registration renewal.

CNPS Services

CNPS is a not-for-profit organization created by nurses that is specifically tailored to meet the professional liability needs of registered nurses and nurse practitioners. Their services focus on:

  • ​Information about professional obligations and liability issues
  • Prompt, confidential access to legal advisors
  • Explanation of legal steps to be taken/avoided when an incident occurs
  • Pre-contractual review of professional service agreements
Assistance with legal proceedings
  • ​Claims and civil proceedings
  • Criminal investigations and prosecutions
  • Statutory offences
  • Witness appearances
  • General legal assistance
Risk managment and education
  • ​Educational material on a wide range of subjects
  • Interactive risk management presentations and webinars

Visit the CNPS website for a full list and more information about their services.

 A note about commercial general liability insurance

All RNs and NPs are also covered by Commercial General Liability insurance provided by Encon Group Inc. If you have questions about this policy, please direct them to ARNBC​ at

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