Public Notice of Intent

Cultural Safety and Humility

Designation Number: HSO 11005

Standards notification on a: New Development

Type of Standard: Organizational Professional Competency

Title: Cultural Safety and Humility

Status: Open for comment (15 days)

Responsible Technical Committee: TC 034 Cultural Safety and Humility

Project Need: HSO is convening a standards Technical Committee to develop the Cultural Safety and Humility standard. The First Nation Health Authority (FNHA) has identified a need for a Cultural Safety and Humility standard for the province of British Columbia to ensure high quality service delivery for all Indigenous people. FNHA will provide sponsorship for the development of the standard. To ensure that the standard remains optimally relevant, current best practices, evidence from scientific literature, and experiential and/or traditional knowledge will be examined to inform the standard.

Scope: This will be a new development for an Organizational Professional Competency standard on Cultural Safety and Humility HSO 11005. This standard addresses organizational structures and processes that support and ensure cultural humility and cultural safety in health and social service settings. It is intended for use by any and all health and social service organizations. The Standard will provide a benchmark for organizational performance across British Columbia. Out of scope for this project is developing national content, guidelines that specify details of clinical care, or cultural-specific content (practices, traditions, values, etc.). The standard will follow the Indigenous person’s health and wellness journey across the health and social service system. In alignment with Indigenous traditions and values, the standard will incorporate elements of the social determinants of health to ensure that they are wholistic and community-oriented, and notions of trauma informed care.  

Applicability: British Columbia

Proposed Timeline: December 2018 to May 2020

Posted on: May 13, 2019

Contact Information: Organizations interested to support the development of this standard or wanting to be consulted as a stakeholder during the development process may contact us at publications@healthstandards.org. Individuals, including patients, providers, health leaders and the members of the public are encouraged to provide comments through stakeholder organizations.

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