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Medicine Act, 1991
Loi de 1991 sur les médecins

ONTARIO REGULATION 114/94

GENERAL

Historical version for the period July 1, 2010 to December 2, 2010.

Last amendment: O. Reg. 134/10.

This Regulation is made in English only.

CONTENTS

   

Sections

PART II

ADVERTISING

5-9

PART IV

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

15-17

PART V

RECORDS

18-21

PART VII

QUALITY ASSURANCE

 
 

General

26-27

 

Peer Assessment

28

 

Physician Review

29

 

Physician Enhancement

30

 

Terms, Conditions or Limitations on Certificate of Registration

31-32

 

Procedural Safeguards

33

 

Measures Following Alleged Behaviour or Remarks of a Sexual Nature

34-38

PART X

FUNDING FOR THERAPY AND COUNSELLING

41-43

PART XI

INSPECTION OF PREMISES WHERE CERTAIN PROCEDURES ARE PERFORMED

44-51

PART I (ss. 1-4) Revoked: O. Reg. 122/03, s. 1.

PART II
ADVERTISING

5. A member shall not advertise, communicate the availability of professional services or solicit professional patronage inconsistently with this Part. O. Reg. 114/94, s. 5.

6. (1) A member may communicate any factual, accurate and verifiable information that a reasonable person would consider material in the choice of a physician,

(a) in or through a medium of communication that is equally accessible to all interested members; or

(b) in a printed document that is made available only within the premises where the member practises or to a person who requests a copy, or both. O. Reg. 114/94, s. 6 (1).

(2) Information communicated under subsection (1) must not,

(a) be false, misleading or deceptive by the inclusion or omission of any information;

(b) contain a testimonial or any comparative or superlative statements; or

(c) contain any reference to a specific drug, appliance or equipment. O. Reg. 114/94, s. 6 (2).

(3) Information communicated under subsection (1) must be readily comprehensible, dignified and in good taste. O. Reg. 114/94, s. 6 (3).

(4) No member shall,

(a) cause or permit his or her name to appear in any communication offering a product or service to the public; or

(b) otherwise cause or permit himself or herself to be associated with the advertising or promotion of any product or service,

other than the member’s medical services in accordance with subsections (1), (2) and (3). O. Reg. 114/94, s. 6 (4).

7. (1) A member shall not participate directly or indirectly in a system in which another person steers or recommends people to a member for professional services. O. Reg. 114/94, s. 7 (1).

(2) Subsection (1) does not prevent a referral or transferral of a patient or a patient’s specimen made by a member honestly and with no conflict of interest. O. Reg. 114/94, s. 7 (2).

8. (1) A member shall not contact or communicate with, or attempt to contact or communicate with, any person known to need medical services to solicit or invite professional patronage. O. Reg. 114/94, s. 8 (1).

(2) Subsection (1) does not prevent a member from,

(a) reminding a person who has made an appointment of the appointment;

(b) communicating with his or her regular patients,

(i) to inform them about health maintenance procedures that are due to be carried out,

(ii) to inform them about health issues, preventive medicine and recent developments in medicine, or

(iii) to inform them of a possible benefit from a change in therapy. O. Reg. 114/94, s. 8 (2).

(3) In subsection (2),

“regular patient” means a person who,

(a) uses the professional services of the member regularly and with reasonable frequency, and

(b) has not requested the transfer of his or her records to another physician. O. Reg. 114/94, s. 8 (3).

(4) Clauses 6 (1) (a) and (b) do not apply to communications with regular patients under clause (2) (b). O. Reg. 114/94, s. 8 (4).

9. (1) A member who is certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada may use a designation for the specialty approved by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. O. Reg. 114/94, s. 9 (1).

(2) A member shall not use a term, title or designation indicating or implying specialization,

(a) in the profession unless he or she is certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; and

(b) in an area or branch of medicine in which he or she is not certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. O. Reg. 114/94, s. 9 (2).

(3) A member who is appropriately qualified to perform plastic surgery procedures or services may communicate their availability but,

(a) if the word “plastic” is used in such a communication, unless the member is certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in plastic surgery, “plastic” may not be the first word in a phrase or group of words describing the procedures or services the member makes available;

(b) if the member is certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the designation for the speciality in which the member is certified shall be at least as prominent as the phrase containing the word “plastic”;

(c) if the member is certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada, the words indicating the certification shall be at least as prominent as the phrase containing the word “plastic”; or

(d) if the member is not certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or by the College of Family Physicians of Canada, words indicating a general practitioner of medicine shall be at least as prominent as the phrase containing the word “plastic”. O. Reg. 114/94, s. 9 (3).

(4) Subsection (3) does not prohibit a member from using “oculoplastic” as the first word to describe oculoplastic procedures or services which the member makes available. O. Reg. 114/94, s. 9 (4).

PART III (s. 10-14) Revoked: O. Reg. 122/03, s. 1.

PART IV
CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

15. In this Part,

“benefit” means any benefit, gift, advantage or emolument of any kind, whether direct or indirect, and includes,

(a) the receipt of any benefit from the services of any person or reimbursement of the cost of those services,

(b) the benefit or receipt of the payment or reduction of any amount of any debt or financial obligation,

(c) the receipt of any consultation fee or other fee for services rendered, except in accordance with a written contract for each service where,

(i) a copy of the contract is available and produced to the College on demand,

(ii) each contracted service is within the normal scope of the member’s specialty, and

(iii) each service is supported by records adequate to satisfy the College that it was in fact performed,

(d) the acceptance of any loan except in accordance with a written evidence of indebtedness,

(i) executed at the time of transfer of funds,

(ii) witnessed at the time of actual execution by an individual whose name is legibly recorded on the document,

(iii) available and produced to the College on demand, and

(iv) that provides for a fixed term of loan and fixes a set interest rate, both of which are reasonable having a view to prevailing market rates at the time of the loan,

(e) the acceptance of a loan that is interest free or related in any way to a referral made by the member,

(f) the acceptance of credit unless the credit is unrelated in any way to a referral of patients to the creditor and the credit is extended pursuant to an agreement in writing,

(i) executed at the time of the transaction,

(ii) witnessed at the time of actual execution by an individual whose name is legibly recorded on the agreement,

(iii) available and produced to the College on demand, and

(iv) that provides for a fixed term of credit and fixes a set interest rate, both of which are reasonable having a view to prevailing market rates at the time of the transaction;

“medical goods or services” includes medical goods, appliances, materials, services and equipment, and drugs and laboratory services;

“member of his or her family” means any person connected with a member by blood relationship, marriage or adoption, and,

(a) persons are connected by blood relationship if one is the child or other descendant of the other or one is the brother or sister of the other,

(b) persons are connected by marriage if one is married to the other or to a person who is connected by blood relationship to the other, and

(c) persons are connected by adoption if one has been adopted, either legally or in fact, as the child of the other or as the child of a person who is connected by blood relationship (otherwise than as a brother or sister) to the other;

“supplier” means a person who,

(a) sells or otherwise supplies medical goods or services, or

(b) is registered or licensed under any Act regulating a health profession. O. Reg. 241/94, s. 2.

16. It is a conflict of interest for a member where the member, or a member of his or her family, or a corporation wholly, substantially, or actually owned or controlled by the member or a member of his or her family,

(a) receives any benefit, directly or indirectly, from,

(i) a supplier to whom the member refers his or her patients or their specimens, or

(ii) a supplier who sells or otherwise supplies any medical goods or services to the patients of the member;

(b) rents premises to,

(i) a supplier to whom the member refers patients or their specimens, or

(ii) a supplier who sells or otherwise supplies any medical goods or services to the patients of the member,

except where,

(iii) the rent is normal for the area in which the premises are located, and

(iv) the amount of the rent is not related to the volume of business carried out in the premises by the tenant;

(c) rents premises from,

(i) a supplier to whom the member refers his or her patients or their specimens, or

(ii) a supplier who sells or otherwise supplies any medical goods or services to the patients of the member,

except where,

(iii) the rent is normal for the area in which the premises are located, and

(iv) the amount of the rent is not related to the referral of patients to the landlord; or

(d) sells or otherwise supplies any drug, medical appliance, medical product or biological preparation to a patient at a profit, except,

(i) a drug sold or supplied by a member to his or her patient that is necessary,

(A) for an immediate treatment of the patient,

(B) in an emergency, or

(C) where the services of a pharmacist are not reasonably readily available, or

(ii) despite subclause (i), an allergy preparation prepared by a member for his or her patient that is sold or supplied by the member for a price that does not exceed the total of,

(A) the true cost of production of the preparation, and

(B) the fee for the professional component, for the member’s review of the case, for the prescription of the material and for the general supervision of the member’s laboratory in preparing the material. O. Reg. 241/94, s. 2.

17. (1) It is a conflict of interest for a member to order a diagnostic or therapeutic service to be performed by a facility in which the member or a member of his or her family has a proprietary interest unless,

(a) the fact of the proprietary interest is disclosed to the patient before a service is performed; or

(b) the facility is owned by a corporation the shares of which are publicly traded through a stock exchange and the corporation is not wholly, substantially or actually owned or controlled by the member, a member of his or her family or a combination of them. O. Reg. 241/94, s. 2.

(2) A member who or whose family has a proprietary interest in a facility where diagnostic or therapeutic services are performed shall inform the College of the details of the interest. O. Reg. 241/94, s. 2.

PART V
RECORDS

18. (1) A member shall make records for each patient containing the following information:

1. The name, address, and date of birth of the patient.

2. If the patient has an Ontario health number, the health number.

3. For a consultation, the name and address of the primary care physician and of any health professional who referred the patient.

4. Every written report received respecting the patient from another member or health professional.

5. The date of each professional encounter with the patient.

6. A record of the assessment of the patient, including,

i. the history obtained by the member,

ii. the particulars of each medical examination by the member, and

iii. a note of any investigations ordered by the member and the results of the investigations.

7. A record of the disposition of the patient, including,

i. an indication of each treatment prescribed or administered by the member,

ii. a record of professional advice given by the member, and

iii. particulars of any referral made by the member.

8. A record of all fees charged which were not in respect of insured services under the Health Insurance Act, which may be kept separately from the clinical record.

9. Any additional records required by regulation. O. Reg. 241/94, s. 2.

(2) A member shall keep a day book, daily diary or appointment record containing the name of each patient who is encountered professionally or treated or for whom a professional service is rendered by the member. O. Reg. 241/94, s. 2.

(3) The records required by regulation shall be,

(a) legibly written or typewritten or made and kept in accordance with section 20; and

(b) kept in a systematic manner. O. Reg. 241/94, s. 2.

19. (1) A member shall retain the records required by regulation for at least ten years after the date of the last entry in the record, or until ten years after the day on which the patient reached or would have reached the age of eighteen years, or until the member ceases to practise medicine, whichever occurs first, subject to subsection (2). O. Reg. 241/94, s. 2.

(2) For records of family medicine and primary care, a member who ceases to practise medicine shall,

(a) transfer them to a member with the same address and telephone number; or

(b) notify each patient that the records will be destroyed two years after the notification and that the patient may obtain the records or have the member transfer the records to another physician within the two years. O. Reg. 241/94, s. 2.

(3) No person shall destroy records of family medicine or primary care except in accordance with subsection (1) or at least two years after compliance with clause (2) (b). O. Reg. 241/94, s. 2.

20. The records required by regulation may be made and maintained in an electronic computer system only if it has the following characteristics:

1. The system provides a visual display of the recorded information.

2. The system provides a means of access to the record of each patient by the patient’s name and, if the patient has an Ontario health number, by the health number.

3. The system is capable of printing the recorded information promptly.

4. The system is capable of visually displaying and printing the recorded information for each patient in chronological order.

5. The system maintains an audit trail that,

i. records the date and time of each entry of information for each patient,

ii. indicates any changes in the recorded information,

iii. preserves the original content of the recorded information when changed or updated, and

iv. is capable of being printed separately from the recorded information for each patient.

6. The system includes a password or otherwise provides reasonable protection against unauthorized access.

7. The system automatically backs up files and allows the recovery of backed-up files or otherwise provides reasonable protection against loss of, damage to, and inaccessibility of, information. O. Reg. 241/94, s. 2.

21. A member shall make his or her equipment, books, accounts, reports and records relating to his or her medical practice available at reasonable hours for inspection by a person appointed for the purpose under a statute or regulation. O. Reg. 241/94, s. 2.

PART VI (s. 22-25) Revoked: O. Reg. 122/03, s. 1.

PART VII
QUALITY ASSURANCE

General

26. (1) In this Part,

“Committee” means the Quality Assurance Committee;

“deficient clinical ability” means, in relation to a member, that the member’s level of medical knowledge, skill or judgment makes his or her clinical performance unsatisfactory. O. Reg. 52/95, s. 2.

(2) The fact that a member uses or recommends a non-traditional treatment is not, by itself, determinative of deficient clinical ability. O. Reg. 52/95, s. 2.

27. The Committee shall administer the quality assurance program, which shall include the following components:

1. Peer assessment.

2. Physician review and enhancement.

3. Remediation of behaviour and remarks of a sexual nature by a member towards a patient that are not of a clinical nature appropriate to the service provided. O. Reg. 52/95, s. 2.

Peer Assessment

28. (1) The Committee may require a member to undergo a peer assessment by an assessor appointed under section 81 of the Health Professions Procedural Code. O. Reg. 52/95, s. 2.

(2) The assessor shall give the Committee and the member who was assessed a written report of the assessment.

(3) After considering the report, the Committee may decide,

(a) to give the member an opportunity to correct the deficient clinical ability identified by the Committee;

(b) subject to subsection 29 (1), to require the member to participate in a physician review program; or

(c) that no further action is required. O. Reg. 52/95, s. 2.

(4) After the member has had an opportunity to correct the deficient clinical ability identified by the Committee, the Committee may require the member to undergo a peer reassessment by an assessor appointed under section 81 of the Health Professions Procedural Code. O. Reg. 52/95, s. 2.

(5) Subsections (2), (3) and (4) apply to a peer reassessment. O. Reg. 52/95, s. 2.

Physician Review

29. (1) Subject to section 33, the Committee may require a member to participate in a physician review program if the Committee is of the opinion, based on the report of a peer assessment or reassessment undergone by the member or any other written information, that the member may have deficient clinical ability. O. Reg. 52/95, s. 2.

(2) The purpose of a physician review program is to evaluate the member’s medical knowledge, skill, judgment and clinical performance and, where appropriate, the member’s medical knowledge, skill, judgment and clinical performance in a specialty of the profession. O. Reg. 52/95, s. 2.

(3) The program shall be designed to reflect the member’s type of practice and may include, but is not limited to,

(a) requiring the member to answer, orally or in writing, questions that relate to the member’s type of practice;

(b) reviewing certain patient charts from the member’s practice; and

(c) requiring the member to examine simulated patients with simulated problems that relate to the member’s type of practice. O. Reg. 52/95, s. 2.

(4) The program shall be carried out by the person or body designated by the Committee. O. Reg. 52/95, s. 2.

(5) When the member has completed the physician review program, the person or body designated under subsection (4) shall give the Committee and the member a written report of the evaluation. O. Reg. 52/95, s. 2.

(6) After considering the report, the Committee may decide,

(a) to give the member an opportunity to correct the deficient clinical ability identified by the Committee;

(b) subject to subsection 30 (1), to require the member to participate in a physician enhancement program;

(c) subject to clause 31 (1) (a), to direct the Registrar to impose terms, conditions or limitations on the member’s certificate of registration; or

(d) that no further action is required. O. Reg. 52/95, s. 2.

(7) After the member has had an opportunity to correct the deficient clinical ability identified by the Committee, has completed, or has had an opportunity to complete, a physician enhancement program or has had terms, conditions or limitations imposed on his or her certificate or registration, the Committee may, subject to section 33, require the member to undergo a re-evaluation in a physician review program. O. Reg. 52/95, s. 2.

(8) Subsections (2) to (7) apply to a re-evaluation in a physician review program. O. Reg. 52/95, s. 2.

Physician Enhancement

30. (1) Subject to section 33, the Committee may require a member to participate in a physician enhancement program if,

(a) the member has undergone an evaluation or a re-evaluation in a physician review program;

(b) the evaluation or re-evaluation has demonstrated deficient clinical ability on the part of the member; and

(c) the Committee is of the opinion that the deficient clinical ability may be remediable. O. Reg. 52/95, s. 2.

(2) The physician enhancement program shall be an educational program designed specifically to reduce or eliminate the member’s deficient clinical ability. O. Reg. 52/95, s. 2.

(3) A physician enhancement program may include a re-evaluation in a physician review program. O. Reg. 52/95, s. 2.

Terms, Conditions or Limitations on Certificate of Registration

31. (1) Subject to section 33, the Committee may direct the Registrar to impose terms, conditions or limitations on a member’s certificate of registration, for a specified period not exceeding six months, if,

(a) an evaluation or a re-evaluation of the member in a physician review program has demonstrated deficient clinical ability on the part of the member which, in the opinion of the Committee,

(i) is not likely to be remediated by a physician enhancement program, or

(ii) is likely to expose the member’s patients to harm or injury;

(b) the member has failed to participate in a physician enhancement program as required by the Committee; or

(c) the member has not successfully completed a physician enhancement program as required by the Committee, as demonstrated by a re-evaluation of the member in a physician review program. O. Reg. 52/95, s. 2.

(2) After directing the imposition of terms, conditions or limitations on a member’s certificate of registration for a specified period not exceeding six months under any clause of subsection (1), the Committee may direct the imposition of terms, conditions or limitations on the member’s certificate of registration for a second specified period not exceeding six months under a second clause of subsection (1), but after directing the imposition of terms, conditions or limitations on the member’s certificate of registration for a second specified period not exceeding six months under a second clause of subsection (1), the Committee shall not direct the imposition of terms, conditions or limitations on the member’s certificate of registration for any further specified period under any clause of subsection (1). O. Reg. 52/95, s. 2.

(3) If the Committee directs a second imposition of terms, conditions or limitations on a member’s certificate of registration under subsection (2), the Committee shall inform the Executive Committee of the member’s name and the fact of the second imposition and shall give the Executive Committee all of the information the Committee has relating to the second imposition the disclosure of which is not prohibited by section 83 of the Health Professions Procedural Code. O. Reg. 52/95, s. 2.

32. If the Registrar imposes terms, conditions or limitations on a member’s certificate of registration for a specified period pursuant to a direction given by the Committee under section 31, the Committee may direct the Registrar to remove the terms, conditions or limitations before the end of the specified period if the Committee is satisfied that the member no longer has deficient clinical ability. O. Reg. 52/95, s. 2.

Procedural Safeguards

33. (1) If the Committee is considering taking action with respect to a member under section 29 (physician review), 30 (physician enhancement) or 31 (imposing terms and conditions), it shall inform the Executive Committee of that fact and of the member’s name and shall give the Executive Committee all of the information the Executive Committee needs to be able to comply with this section the disclosure of which is not prohibited by section 83 of the Health Professions Procedural Code. O. Reg. 52/95, s. 2.

(2) The Executive Committee shall appoint a review panel in respect of each member referred to it under subsection (1). O. Reg. 52/95, s. 2.

(3) The review panel shall consist of five members, of whom three shall be members of the College and two shall be members of the Council appointed to the Council by the Lieutenant Governor in Council. O. Reg. 52/95, s. 2.

(4) In appointing members of the College to the review panel, the Executive Committee shall attempt to apply the following principles:

1. Only members who are familiar with the methods of assessing the clinical ability of physicians shall be appointed to the review panel.

2. If the member under review is certified in a specialty by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, at least one of the members appointed to the review panel shall be a member who is certified by that College in the same specialty.

3. If the member under review is certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada, at least one of the members appointed to the review panel shall be a member who is certified by that College.

4. If the member under review is not certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or by the College of Family Physicians of Canada, at least one of the members appointed to the review panel shall be a member who is familiar with the field of practice of the member under review. O. Reg. 52/95, s. 2.

(5) No member of the College who conducted a peer assessment or a peer reassessment of a member’s practice or who sat on a panel of the Discipline Committee that heard allegations against a member shall be appointed to a review panel in respect of the member. O. Reg. 52/95, s. 2.

(6) Without limiting the general laws relating to bias, no person who has demonstrated fixed antagonism towards a member or towards a form of treatment offered by a member shall be appointed to a review panel in respect of the member. O. Reg. 52/95, s. 2.

(7) When a review panel has been appointed in respect of a member, the Committee shall notify the member of that fact and shall give the member,

(a) an opportunity to confer with the review panel; and

(b) at least 30 days notice of the date of the conference. O. Reg. 52/95, s. 2.

(8) The Committee shall give the member under review,

(a) at least 30 days before the conference, a copy of all reports and other documents that will be considered by the review panel and that are then available; and

(b) a copy of all reports and other documents that will be considered by the review panel and that are not available 30 days before the conference, as and when they become available. O. Reg. 52/95, s. 2.

(9) A review panel shall review the reports and other documents referred to it, as well as any representations made to it by the member under review, and may recommend to the Committee that the member,

(a) be required to participate in a physician review program;

(b) be required to participate in a physician enhancement program; or

(c) have terms, conditions or limitations imposed on his or her certificate of registration. O. Reg. 52/95, s. 2.

(10) When it makes a recommendation to the Committee, the review panel shall inform the Committee of the grounds for its recommendation. O. Reg. 52/95, s. 2.

(11) On receiving the recommendation of the review panel, the Committee shall give the member,

(a) notice of the review panel’s recommendation and the grounds for it; and

(b) a copy of all reports and other documents that will be considered by the Committee in deciding the action to be taken with respect to the member and that have not already been given to the member under subsection (8). O. Reg. 52/95, s. 2.

(12) The Committee shall give the member at least 14 days from the provision of the notice and the documents under subsection (11) in which to make written submissions to the Committee. O. Reg. 52/95, s. 2.

(13) If, after considering the member’s written submissions, if any, the Committee is of the opinion that the member should be required to participate in a physician review program or a physician enhancement program or should have terms, conditions or limitations imposed on his or her certificate of registration, the Committee shall give the member,

(a) notice of the action the Committee is considering taking;

(b) an opportunity to confer with the Committee; and

(c) at least 14 days notice of the date of the conference. O. Reg. 52/95, s. 2.

Measures Following Alleged Behaviour or Remarks of a Sexual Nature

34. Subject to section 38, the Committee may require a member to undergo a psychological assessment or another assessment specified by the Committee if a matter respecting the member is referred to the Committee by a panel of the Complaints Committee under subsection 26 (3) of the Health Professions Procedural Code or by the Executive Committee, the Complaints Committee or the Board under section 79.1 of the Code. O. Reg. 52/95, s. 2.

35. Subject to section 38, the Committee may require a member to undertake a measure specified by the Committee, such as education, therapy or counselling, if,

(a) the Committee has received a report of an assessment of a member required by the Committee under section 34;

(b) the report indicates that the assessment has revealed an emotional or personality condition on the part of the member that may adversely affect his or her professional behaviour; and

(c) the Committee is of the opinion that the condition may be remediable. O. Reg. 52/95, s. 2.

36. (1) Subject to section 38 and to subsection (2), the Committee may direct the Registrar to impose terms, conditions or limitations on a member’s certificate of registration, for a specified period not exceeding six months, if,

(a) the member refuses to undergo an assessment required by the Committee under section 34; or

(b) the Committee has required the member to undertake specified measures under section 35 and the member,

(i) refuses to undertake the measures, or

(ii) has not yet completed the measures. O. Reg. 52/95, s. 2.

(2) No direction shall be given to the Registrar under subsection (1) unless,

(a) the member has been given notice of the Committee’s intention to give the direction;

(b) the member has been given, at least 30 days before the Committee gives the direction, a copy of all reports and other documents that were considered or that will be considered by the Committee in connection with the giving of the direction; and

(c) the member has been given 30 days from the provision of the notice and the documents under this subsection in which the member may, at his or her option,

(i) make written submissions to the Committee, or

(ii) confer with the Committee. O. Reg. 52/95, s. 2.

37. If the Registrar imposes terms, conditions or limitations on a member’s certificate of registration for a specified period pursuant to a direction given by the Committee under subsection 36 (1), the Committee may direct the Registrar to remove the terms, conditions or limitations before the end of the specified period if the Committee is satisfied that the terms, conditions or limitations are no longer needed. O. Reg. 52/95, s. 2.

38. (1) The Committee shall not take action with respect to a member under section 34, 35 or 36 unless,

(a) the member admits to the behaviour or remarks towards the patient which the member is alleged to have exhibited or made;

(b) the Complaints Committee, the Executive Committee or the Board referring the matter to the Committee considers the behaviour or remarks to be of a sexual nature within the meaning of clause 1 (3) (c) of the Health Professions Procedural Code;

(c) there is no pending allegation of sexual abuse against the member before the Discipline Committee and no finding of sexual abuse has been made against the member by the Discipline Committee; and

(d) there is no pending review by the Board of the referral to the Committee and no disposition by the Board inconsistent with the referral to the Committee. O. Reg. 52/95, s. 2.

(2) Before taking action under section 34 or 35, the Committee shall give the member and the patient an opportunity to confer with the Committee. O. Reg. 52/95, s. 2.

(3) A member’s admission to behaviour or remarks for the purpose of clause (1) (a) and the results of any assessment undergone by the member under section 34 or measure undertaken by the member under section 35 shall not be used as evidence that the member has committed an act of professional misconduct. O. Reg. 52/95, s. 2.

PART VIII (s. 39) Revoked: O. Reg. 122/03, s. 1.

PART IX (s. 40) Revoked: O. Reg. 122/03, s. 1.

PART X
FUNDING FOR THERAPY AND COUNSELLING

41. In this Part,

“member” includes a former member. O. Reg. 407/96, s. 1.

42. (1) The alternative requirements that must be satisfied in order for a person to be eligible for funding under clause 85.7 (4) (b) of the Act are prescribed in this section. O. Reg. 407/96, s. 1.

(2) A person is eligible for funding for therapy or counselling if,

(a) there is an admission made by a member in a statement to the College or in an agreement with the College that he or she sexually abused the person while the person was a patient of the member;

(b) a member has been convicted under the Criminal Code (Canada) of sexually assaulting the person while the person was a patient of the member;

(c) there is a finding made by a panel of the Discipline Committee on or after December 31, 1993 that the person was sexually abused by a member before December 31, 1993 while the person was a patient of the member;

(d) there is a statement, contained in the written reasons of a committee of the College given after a hearing, that the person, while a patient, was sexually abused by a member; or

(e) there is sufficient evidence presented to the Patient Relations Committee to support a reasonable belief that the person, while a patient, was sexually abused by a member. O. Reg. 407/96, s. 1.

(3) For the purposes of clauses (e), and without limiting the generality of that clause, the following kinds of evidence may support a reasonable belief that a person, while a patient, was sexually abused by a member:

1. Evidence that a notice of hearing was issued by the College and containing allegations that the person, while a patient, was sexually abused by a member who died before a hearing was held.

2. Evidence of reports made with respect to the member under subsection 85.1 (1) of the Health Professions Procedural Code.

3. Evidence that corroborates the person’s allegations of sexual abuse. O. Reg. 407/96, s. 1.

(4) A person is not eligible under subsection (2) unless the sexual abuse, as evidenced under clause (2) (a), (b), (c), (d) or (e), occurred in Ontario. O. Reg. 407/96, s. 1.

(5) Despite subsections (2), (3) and (4), a person is eligible for funding for therapy or counselling under this Part only if,

(a) the person submits an application for funding to the Patient Relations Committee in the form provided by the College and, in the application, the person names the member who is alleged to have sexually abused the applicant;

(b) the person submits to the Patient Relations Committee along with the application,

(i) a written undertaking by the applicant to keep confidential all information obtained through the application for funding process, including the fact that funding has been granted and the reasons given by the Committee for granting the funding, and

(ii) a written undertaking by the applicant to refrain from using any of the information referred to in subclause (i) for any collateral or ulterior purpose; and

(c) the person adheres to the procedures followed by the Patient Relations Committee when determining whether the person has satisfied the requirements for eligibility for funding. O. Reg. 407/96, s. 1.

(6) A decision by the Patient Relations Committee that a person is eligible for funding for therapy or counselling does not constitute a finding against the member and shall not be considered by any other committee of the College dealing with the member. O. Reg. 407/96, s. 1.

43. Despite anything in section 42, a person who is otherwise eligible for funding for therapy or counselling under this Part is not eligible for funding if the therapy or counselling for which funding is requested relates to sexual abuse by a member that occurred before December 31, 1993 and if, in the opinion of the Patient Relations Committee,

(a) the need for therapy or counselling does not result directly or indirectly from the abuse;

(b) there are other sources of funding available;

(c) the College’s resources are insufficient to provide the funding; or

(d) having regard to the criteria in clauses (a), (b) or (c), the granting of funding would not be just and equitable. O. Reg. 407/96, s. 1.

PART XI
INSPECTION OF PREMISES WHERE CERTAIN PROCEDURES ARE PERFORMED

44. (1) In this Part,

“inspector” means a person designated by the College to carry out an inspection under this Part on behalf of the College;

“premises” means any place where a member performs or may perform a procedure on a patient but does not include a health care facility governed by or funded under any of the following Acts:

1. The Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007.

2. The Developmental Services Act.

3. The Homes for Special Care Act.

4. Revoked: O. Reg. 134/10, s. 1 (2).

5. The Independent Health Facilities Act.

6. The Ministry of Community and Social Services Act.

7. The Ministry of Correctional Services Act.

8. The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Act.

9. Revoked: O. Reg. 134/10, s. 1 (2).

10. The Private Hospitals Act.

11. The Public Hospitals Act;

“procedure” means,

(a) any act that, when performed in accordance with the accepted standard of practice on a patient, is performed under the administration of,

(i) general anaesthesia,

(ii) parenteral sedation, or

(iii) regional anaesthesia, except for a digital nerve block, and

(b) any act that, when performed in accordance with the accepted standard of practice on a patient, is performed with the administration of a local anaesthetic agent, including, but without being limited to,

(i) any tumescent procedure involving the administration of dilute, local anaesthetic,

(ii) surgical alteration or excision of any lesions or tissue performed for cosmetic purposes,

(iii) injection or insertion of any permanent filler, autologous tissue, synthetic device, materials or substances for cosmetic purposes,

(iv) a nerve block solely for the treatment or management of chronic pain, or

(v) any act that, in the opinion of the College, is similar in nature to those set out in subclauses (i) to (iii) and that is performed for a cosmetic purpose,

but does not include,

(c) surgical alteration or excision of lesions or tissue for a clinical purpose, including for the purpose of examination, treatment or diagnosis of disease, or

(d) minor dermatological procedures including without being limited to, the removal of skin tags, benign moles and cysts, nevi, seborrheic keratoses, fibroepithelial polyps, hemangioma and neurofibromata. O. Reg. 134/10, s. 1 (1, 2).

(2) Anything that may be done by the College under this Part may be done by the Council or by a committee established under clause 94 (1) (i) of the Health Professions Procedural Code. O. Reg. 134/10, s. 1 (1).

45. (1) All premises where a procedure is or may be performed on a patient by a member in connection with his or her practice are subject to inspection by the College in accordance with this Part. O. Reg. 134/10, s. 1 (1).

(2) In carrying out an inspection of a premises under subsection (1), the College may also require any or all of the following:

1. Inspection, examination or tests regarding any equipment, instrument, materials or any other thing that may be used in the performance of a procedure.

2. Examination and copying of books, accounts, reports, records or similar documents that are, in the opinion of the College, relevant to the performance of a procedure in the practice of the member.

3. Inquiries or questions to be answered by the member that are relevant to the performance of a procedure on a patient.

4. Direct observation of a member in his or her practice, including direct observation by an inspector of the member performing a procedure on a patient. O. Reg. 134/10, s. 1 (1).

46. An inspector may, on the production of information identifying him or her as an inspector, enter and have access to any premises where a procedure is or may be performed by a member at reasonable times and may inspect the premises and do any of the things mentioned in subsection 45 (2) on behalf of the College. O. Reg. 134/10, s. 1 (1).

47. It is the duty of every member whose premises are subject to an inspection to,

(a) submit to an inspection of the premises where he or she performs or may perform a procedure on a patient in accordance with this Part;

(b) promptly answer a question or comply with a requirement of the inspector that is relevant to an inspection under this Part; and

(c) co-operate fully with the College and the inspector who is conducting an inspection of a premises in accordance with this Part. O. Reg. 134/10, s. 1 (1).

48. Where, as part of the inspection, an inspector directly observes a member in their practice, or directly observes the member performing a procedure on a patient, before the observation occurs, the inspector shall,

(a) identify himself or herself to the patient as an inspector appointed by the College;

(b) explain the purpose of the direct observation to the patient;

(c) inform the patient that information obtained from the direct observation, including personally identifiable information about the patient, may be used in proceedings under this Part or any other proceeding under the Act;

(d) answer any questions that the patient asks; and

(e) obtain the patient’s written consent to the direct observation of the patient by the inspector. O. Reg. 134/10, s. 1 (1).

49. (1) No member shall commence using premises for the purposes of performing procedures unless the member has previously given notice in writing to the College in accordance with subsection (5) of the member’s intention to do so and the premises pass an inspection or pass an inspection with conditions. O. Reg. 134/10, s. 1 (1).

(2) The College shall ensure that an inspection of the premises of a member referred to in subsection (1) is performed within 180 days from the day the College receives the member’s notice. O. Reg. 134/10, s. 1 (1).

(3) A member whose practice includes the performance of a procedure on a patient in any premises on the day this Part comes into force shall give a notice in writing to the College in accordance with subsection (5) within 60 days from the day this Part comes into force. O. Reg. 134/10, s. 1 (1).

(4) The College shall ensure that an inspection of the premises of a member referred to in subsection (3) is performed within 24 months from the day this Part comes into force. O. Reg. 134/10, s. 1 (1).

(5) The notice required in subsections (1) and (3) shall include the following information, submitted in the form and manner required by the College:

1. The full name of the member giving the notice and the full name of the owner or occupier of the premises, if he or she is not the member who is required to give notice under this section.

2. The full name of any other member who is practising or may practise in the premises with the member giving the notice.

3. The name of any health profession corporation that is practising at the premises.

4. The full name of any hospital where the member or other members at the premises have privileges or where arrangements have been made to handle emergency situations involving patients.

5. The full name of any other regulated health professional who is practising or may practise in the premises with a member at the premises, along with the name of the College where the regulated health professional is a member.

6. The full address of the premises.

7. The date when the member first performed a procedure on a patient in the premises or the proposed date when the member or another member intends to perform a procedure on a patient at the premises.

8. A description of all procedures that are or may be performed by a member or other members at the premises and of procedures that may be delegated by the member or other members at the premises.

9. A description of any equipment or materials to be used in the performance of the procedures.

10. The full name of the individual or corporation who is the owner or occupier of the premises, if different from the member giving the notice.

11. Any other information the College requires that is relevant to an inspection conducted at the premises in accordance with this Part. O. Reg. 134/10, s. 1 (1).

50. All premises where a member performs or may perform a procedure on a patient are subject to an inspection by the College once every five years after its initial inspection or more often if, in the opinion of the College, it is necessary or advisable to do so. O. Reg. 134/10, s. 1 (1).

51. (1) After an inspection of a premises, the College shall determine, in accordance with the accepted standards of practice, whether the premises pass, pass with conditions, or fail. O. Reg. 134/10, s. 1 (1).

(2) In determining whether premises pass, pass with conditions or fail an inspection, the College may consider,

(a) the inspection results provided to the College by the inspector;

(b) information provided by one or more members who perform or may perform procedures in the premises respecting the inspection, including the answers given by them in response to inquiries or questions asked by the inspector;

(c) the information contained in a notice given by a member under subsection 49 (1) or (3);

(d) any submissions made by the member or members practising in the premises that are relevant to the inspection; and

(e) any other information that is directly relevant to the inspection of the premises conducted under this Part. O. Reg. 134/10, s. 1 (1).

(3) The College shall deliver a report, in writing, to the owner or occupier of the premises and to every member who performs or may perform a procedure on a patient in the premises, within a reasonable time after the inspection is completed, in accordance with section 39 of the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991. O. Reg. 134/10, s. 1 (1).

(4) Any report made by the College respecting an inspection of premises where a procedure is or may be performed shall make a finding that the premises passed, passed with conditions, or failed the inspection and shall provide reasons where the premises passed with conditions or failed the inspection. O. Reg. 134/10, s. 1 (1).

(5) Any report made by the College that makes a finding that the premises failed an inspection or passed with conditions is effective on the day that it is received by one or more members who perform or may perform a procedure within the premises, in accordance with section 39 of the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991. O. Reg. 134/10, s. 1 (1).

(6) A member shall not perform a procedure on a patient in premises that fail an inspection until,

(a) the College delivers a report indicating that the premises passed a subsequent inspection, or passed with conditions; or

(b) after considering submissions under subsection (8), the College substitutes a finding that the premises pass or pass with conditions. O. Reg. 134/10, s. 1 (1).

(7) A member shall not perform a procedure on a patient in premises that pass an inspection with conditions except in accordance with the conditions set out in the report until,

(a) the College delivers a report indicating that the premises passed a subsequent inspection; or

(b) after considering submissions under subsection (8), the College substitutes a finding that the premises pass. O. Reg. 134/10, s. 1 (1).

(8) A member may make submissions in writing to the College within 14 days from the day he or she receives a report made by the College that finds that the premises passed with conditions or failed the inspection. O. Reg. 134/10, s. 1 (1).

(9) The College may or may not elect to re-inspect the premises after receiving a member’s submissions, but no more than 60 days after a member provides his or her submissions, the College shall do one or more of the following:

1. Confirm its finding that the premises failed the inspection or passed with conditions.

2. Make a report and find that the premises pass with conditions.

3. Make a report and find that the premises passed the inspection. O. Reg. 134/10, s. 1 (1).

(10) Premises that fail an inspection or pass with conditions may be subject to one or more further inspections within a reasonable time after the College delivers its report, at the request of a member, any other person to whom the College gave the report, or at any time at the discretion of the College. O. Reg. 134/10, s. 1 (1).

(11) Where, as a result of an inspection carried out under this Part, a report made by the College finds that a member’s knowledge, skill or judgment is unsatisfactory, the College may direct the Registrar to refer the report to the Quality Assurance Committee. O. Reg. 134/10, s. 1 (1).

(12) Where, as a result of an inspection carried out under this Part, a report made by the College finds that a member may have committed an act of professional misconduct or may be incompetent or incapacitated, the College may direct the Registrar to refer the report to the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee. O. Reg. 134/10, s. 1 (1).