Infection Prevention and Control Canada (IPAC Canada/PCI Canada) is a national, multidisciplinary organization committed to the wellness and safety of Canadians by promoting best practices in infection prevention and control through education, standards, advocacy and consumer awareness. IPAC Canada has worked collaboratively with CBIC over a number of years to provide resources for candidates in Canada, promote certification in Canada, and to bring the Canadian perspective to CBIC overall strategy and approach.
IPAC Canada was founded in 1976 and is a multidisciplinary, non-profit association of professionals committed to improving the health of Canadians by promoting excellence in the practice of Infection Prevention and Control. Currently there are over 1600 members and 21 chapters in Canada, and 63% of all eligible members have their CIC®.
IPAC Canada is a strong supporter of certification. IPAC Canada recognizes as a core requirement for the position of Infection Prevention and Control Professional the achievement either:
The role of IPAC Canada in certification is to provide the education, resources and encouragement for its members to become certified. Education sessions at national, regional and chapter levels have often focused on the knowledge and materials required to challenge the examination. IPAC Canada provides other support to CBIC through promotion of CBIC at IPAC Canada’s annual conference, a regular article by the President of CBIC in the quarterly IPAC journal, and inclusion of CBIC in the semi-annual webinars.
Canadian ICPs are represented on the Certification Board of Infection Control (CBIC) by a Canadian representative appointed by CBIC. Also, the current President of IPAC Canada is the official, non-voting liaison to CBIC.
This map represents the number of IPAC Canada members per province that are certified in infection prevention and control (CIC®). Numbers are based on April 2016 data.