Code of Conduct

Schedule B of By-law No. 4


Code of Conduct for members of Council and Committees

For the College to command the confidence of the government, the public and the profession it is necessary that the Council, as its governing body, adopt appropriate standards of conduct, and that the members of Council, and its Committees should comply with those standards.


1.1 Preface

The objects of the College are set out under subsection 3(1) of the Health Professions Procedural Code (Code) (Schedule 2 to the Regulated Health Professions Act (1991) and section 6 of the Pharmacy Act, 1991 (PA). As outlined in subsection 3(2) of the Code, “In carrying out its objects, the College has a duty to serve and protect the public interest”. Section 4 of the Code establishes the Council as the board of directors that shall manage and administer the College’s affairs. In the exercise of these powers, in discussions at meetings of the Council and its committees, in decision-making and in communications, Council members, as well as non-Council committee members, are expected to observe the highest standards of impartiality, integrity and objectivity. Council members and non-Council committee members should faithfully support Council policy.
The Code of Conduct sets out in general terms the duties of each member of the Council and committees, but the Council expects its members and non-Council committee members to adopt high standards of conduct in all aspects of their activities as members of the Council and committees. So long as they continue to serve on the Council and committees, members of Council and non-Council committee members cannot, by their actions or behaviour, divest themselves of their role in such capacity in matters concerning the profession.
Every member of the Council is bound by the Code of Conduct from the date he or she is either elected, or appointed by the Lieutenant Governor-in-Council, as the case may be. Every non-Council committee member is bound by the Code of Conduct from the date he or she is appointed. Council members and non-Council committee members will be asked each year to sign a statement that they have received and read the Code of Conduct.


1.2 The Code

1. Members of Council and non-Council committee members must at all times while acting in that capacity ensure that their activities are directed toward the fulfillment of the College’s Objects as specified in the Code and the PA, the College’s responsibilities as specified in all relevant statutes and regulations, and the interests of the public.

2. Any member of Council, and any non-Council committee member who wishes to engage in litigation against the College, the Council or any member thereof, or against any officer or employee of the College in their his or her capacity as such, must resign from the Council and/or its committees (as the case may be) before taking such action.

3. Members of Council and non-Council committee members must not make use of information acquired solely by virtue of their position as such for personal gain, whether financial or non-financial.

4. Members of Council and non-Council committee members must not use their position as such to promote their personal, professional or business interests.

5. Members of Council and non-Council committee members must respect the confidentiality of information identified as confidential, acquired by them solely by virtue of their position as such.

6. Members of Council and non-Council committee members must not use their position as such to seek to influence the conduct of any aspect of the Council’s business for the benefit of any person or entity other than the public as a whole.

7. Members of Council and non-Council committee members must ensure, when speaking in their capacity as such at any meetings of the Council, its committees or elsewhere, that they declare any personal or business interests relevant to the matter in hand.

8. Members of Council and non-Council committee members must avoid any conduct that impairs the ability of the Council or its committees to perform their functions or to enjoy the confidence of the public or the government.

9. Members of Council and non-Council committee members should support in public the policies of Council. Where a member of Council or a non-Council committee member feels compelled publicly to oppose or speak against a policy adopted by Council outside a Council or committee meeting, the member should first resign from Council or the committee, as the case may be.

10. Members of Council and non-Council committee members must not solicit or accept money, gifts or other benefits for performing acts related to their position at the College. This is subject only to: (a) their right to receive their normal remuneration and/or per diems for the performance of their duties to which they are entitled, and (b) if they are offered hospitality (such as meals, and tickets to events) from consultants, suppliers and other persons doing business with the College, they may accept it only if it is reasonable and customary and they accurately and completely report acceptance of such hospitality to the College.

11. Members of Council and non-Council committee members must comply with the College’s Policy on Harassment.