Note that during the COVID-19 pandemic, interim guidance for registrants has been created and is available here: /www.cdsbc.org/about-cdsbc/news/covid-19/covid-19-for-registrants. Please refer to that page for up-to-date information about expectations for registrants during this time.
Standards and guidelines inform practitioners and the public of CDSBC’s expectations for registrants.
Guidelines are highly recommended but – while being evidence of a standard – are not, strictly speaking, mandatory. Guidelines contain permissive language such as “should” and “may.”
Standards are, by definition, mandatory and must be applied. Standards are clearly identified by mandatory language such as “must” and “required.”