The Discipline Committee is made up of professional and publicly appointed members of College Council and non-council committee members. Panels of the Discipline Committee hear allegations of professional misconduct or incompetence against members. Upon finding a member guilty of professional misconduct or incompetence, the panel has the authority to revoke, suspend or limit a member’s registration, impose a fine, or reprimand the member.
The Discipline Committee receives referrals from the:
- Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee
- In the case where an investigation found that the member may have been dishonest, breached trust, appears to show a willful disregard of professional values, and/or appears to be unable to practice professionally or competently
- Accreditation Committee
- In the case where a pharmacy has failed to confirm to the requirements of the Drug and Pharmacies Regulation Act (see section 140)
- Quality Assurance Committee
- In the case where the member has failed to cooperate with the Quality Assurance Committee or any assessor appointed by that committee
As per section 51(1) of the Health Professions Procedural Code being Schedule 2 of the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, a panel of the Discipline Committee shall find the member has committed an act of professional misconduct if:
(a) the member has been found guilty of an offence that is relevant to the member’s suitability to practise;
(b) the governing body of a health profession in a jurisdiction other than Ontario has found that the member committed an act of professional misconduct that would, in the opinion of the panel, be an act of professional misconduct as defined in the regulations;
(b.0.1) the member has failed to cooperate with the Quality Assurance Committee or any assessor appointed by that committee;
(b.1) the member has sexually abused a patient; or
(c) the member has committed an act of professional misconduct as defined in the regulations.
The “regulations” referred to in s.51(1) (section c) are regulations under the Pharmacy Act, 1991, Regulation 130/17.
The Public Register
To view the terms, conditions, limitations and any other public information on a member’s certificate, visit Find a Pharmacy or Pharmacy Professional. Information about any current allegations or previous findings of professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity which relate to the member are also specified. Legislation and by-laws determine what information is disclosed on the College’s Public Register about particular past and current disciplinary proceedings.