The BCALP currently maintains several Science Sections related to the major disciplines within laboratory medicine. Each subspecialty recognized by certification by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada shall have a Science Section unless the Executive Council deems such a section unnecessary. Furthermore, the Executive Council may direct the formation of new Science Sections in disciplines not yet recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada if the Executive Council judge there to be a need for such a forum.

The purpose of a Science Section is to provide a forum for discussion and resolution of professional, scientific and financial matters related specifically to the practice of a subspecialty of Laboratory Medicine. They have the following responsibilities per the Bylaws of the BCALP:

  • A Science Section is responsible for evaluating standards and protocols of practice, for preparing potential fee items for submission to the Tariff Committee, and for such other duties as may be assigned to it by the Executive Council.
  • A Science Section reports, and is responsible, through its Chair and Executive Council. When monetary matters are under consideration, however, the Chair of the Science Section reports to the Tariff Committee.