They're relatively brief, 5 pages in all, and to the point. The directives of the B.C. College of Physicians and Surgeons should also put to rest any concerns about some wave of assisted dying while Parliament gets on with its job of legislating.
The regulations are interim only. It's expressly stated they will be in effect only until a medically assisted dying (MAID) law is enacted.
The college, probably anticipating that a federal law isn't far off, imposes a stipulation that the patient must be fully competent both at the time of making the request and at the time the drugs are administered.
In other words there'll be no advance directives in which a patient can stipulate when they reach a certain recognized stage in a progressive terminal disease, a final stage at which sufferers normally aren't competent, that the procedure should be undertaken.
For some individuals that will mean that they will be assisted to die but not on their terms, on the doctor's. And, once that window of competence is closed, they'll just have to tough it out.
The directives were issued yesterday.