Feedback for Proposed Changes to the Public Register – Phase 2 (By-law No 3)

Pharmacist  ·  Feb. 6, 2015

The proposed by-law changes are unnecessary and an invasion of privacy. Either a member is fit to practice the profession of pharmacy or is not; s/he is worthy of the public's trust or is not. I do not believe there are 'gradations' of suitability to practice. Posting information such as members under investigation, cautions and complaint outcomes places the onus of determining suitability to practice on the public/patient. However, this determination falls within the role and duty of the college. Do not call upon the public to do your job for you in the name of 'transparency.'

Posting pharmacists' licenses in other jurisdictions is irrelevant. How is a member's license in, say, BC or Alberta of any relevance to the provision of pharmacy care here in Ontario? Additionally, I think even the current college practice of posting members' degree credentials and year of conferral is unnecessary and an invasion of privacy. Again, either a member is fit to practice or not. Assessing the validity of a member's qualifying education is the responsibility of the COLLEGE not the public. Of what relevance is the institution location or year of graduation to the public? This information should be up to the individual member to disclose.

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