CMRTO register & By-law No. 28 as amended by proposed By-law No. 57
The CMRTO’s register is a list of members and past members, and contains information about those members some of which is available to the public. Since June 4, 2009, the CMRTO has been required to post the information in the register which is available to the public (the public register) on its website. On September 1, 2013, additional information became available on the public register as a result of amendments to the CMRTO’s by-law. For an overview of the information currently available on the public register, please click here.
Proposed changes to the CMRTO register, By-law No. 28
The proposed changes to By-law No. 28 fall into three categories:
Additions from the relevant sections of the Health Professions Procedural Code, which is Schedule 2 of the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, in order to provide clarity
Administrative edits in numbering of certain clauses
New information about MRTs to be posted to the public register to provide more transparency to the public.
Proposed changes and rationale:
To assist the public in making informed healthcare choices – a goal that is consistent among health regulatory colleges – Council is proposing that additional information be available on the public register, including:
Restrictions on a member’s right to practise that result from an undertaking or agreement;
Decisions of a Panel of the Inquires, Complaints and Reports (ICR) Committee that result in:
An oral caution being issued to a member (to be removed from the public register two years after the member appears to be cautioned); and/or
A Specified Continuing Education or Remediation Program (SCERP) (to be removed from the public register once the Registrar is satisfied that the member has successfully completed all requirements of the SCERP).
A notation if a member agrees to resign to avoid a proceeding before the Discipline Committee or while a discipline proceeding was outstanding;
The existence of a charge against the member, of which the College is aware, laid on or after January 1, 2017, which in the opinion of the Registrar is relevant to a member’s suitability to practise the profession (to be removed from the public register once the charges are no longer outstanding);
Known registrations or licenses to practise the profession in another jurisdiction; and
Known findings of professional misconduct or incompetence in other jurisdictions.
To see the proposed changes to By-law No. 28, please click here.
The changes to By-law No. 28 are being proposed by Council in an effort to increase transparency. In 2014, the Honourable Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long Term Care, directed all health regulatory colleges in Ontario to make transparency a priority and make tangible strides to continually increase transparency in college processes and decision-making. The Minister noted that adjusting college processes and procedures may include amending existing by-laws.
In 2015, Council endorsed the transparency principles developed by the Advisory Group for Regulatory Excellence (AGRE), which guide the work at other health regulatory colleges. Endorsing the AGRE transparency principles was the first step in the CMRTO’s transparency journey. Expanding the information available on the public register is a continuation of that journey.
The proposed changes will ensure that relevant information about members is made public, enhancing public protection and safety. The greater the potential risk to the public, the more important transparency becomes. For example, members of the CMRTO only receive oral cautions or SCERPs when their conduct has been assessed as moderate or high risk – not low risk – and only after the completion of an investigation by a Panel of the ICR Committee. Alerting the public to these risks is consistent with the College’s mandate to protect the public interest.
The CMRTO Council is confident that the proposed changes to By-law No. 28 balance the principles of public protection and accountability, with fairness and privacy for CMRTO members.
Consultation and next steps
We wish to hear your comments on the proposed changes. Please add your comments and thoughts by using the form below, or by email here. The CMRTO Council will carefully review all comments before making any decisions regarding the proposed amendments. If the proposed amendments are approved by Council, notification and the finalized by-law will be posted to the CMRTO website.
The CMRTO will keep all MRTs informed of the proposed changes to the public register through its website, social media and Insights.
View the comments made to date below: