Proposed Changes to the Public Register (By-law No 3)
The College is currently seeking feedback on proposed amendments to its By-law No. 3 relating to information that is posted on the Public Register.
The amendments, if passed, would result in changes to the information available on the College’s Public Register:
1. Findings of Guilt
The College would post a summary of any findings of guilt made against a member in respect of a federal or provincial offence that the College becomes aware of and that the Registrar believes is relevant to the member’s suitability to practice. Findings of guilt would only be made public if they are made after someone becomes a member with the College and made after the by-law comes in effect. The summary of any findings of guilt would be added to the Public Register once accuracy has been confirmed.
2. Custody or Release Conditions
The College presently posts summaries of current custody or release conditions in provincial or federal offence processes that the College becomes aware of and that the Registrar believes are relevant to the member’s suitability to practice. The change in the wording of this by-law is to increase consistency among the regulated health colleges in the province.
The proposed amendments to College By-law No. 3 are coming as a result of the College’s work with other health regulators in considering making additional information about Ontario’s regulated healthcare professionals available to the public.
Representatives from medicine, nursing, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy and physiotherapy are working together on a multi-staged initiative designed to examine information-sharing practices and determine how regulators might make more member-speciﬁc information regarding decisions and processes available to the public.
The proposed amendments to College By-law No. 3 are part of the first phase of the transparency project. Read more on this transparency initiative.
Points to Consider
Members are currently obligated to file a report in writing with the Registrar if they are found guilty of an offence, as soon as reasonably possible after receiving notice of the finding. In addition, members are required to declare annually upon renewal whether they have been found guilty of any offence since their last declaration. In addition, in accordance with our usual practices, a criminal finding is assessed by the College’s Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee to determine whether a referral to the Discipline Committee ought to be made in circumstances where the finding may be relevant to practice.