Professionals, and keeping it that way
CMRTO members in all practice settings demonstrate their commitment to continually improve their practice by engaging in continuing education and professional development activities, and by participating in the CMRTO QA program. These actions ensure the competence of members to the public, now and in the future.
One of the key components of self-regulation of the profession in the public interest is the quality assurance (QA) program. The purpose of the QA program is to assure the quality of practice of the profession and to promote continuing evaluation, competence and improvement among the members.1
As all CMRTO members know, the practice of the profession is constantly changing. Members' professional roles, responsibilities and accountabilities differ today from those of yesterday, and will evolve even more in the future.
Why a quality assurance program?
As regulated professionals, members are accountable to maintain competence in their current area of practice and continually improve their competence in order to respond to changes in practice environments, advances in technology and the changing health care environment.
The goal of the CMRTO QA program is to assure the public of the quality of practice of the profession by maintaining members' performance at a level that meets the profession's standards of practice and by promoting continuing competence and continuing improvement among members.
The CMRTO QA program:
- Complies with the legislative requirement of the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) that the CMRTO establish and maintain a quality assurance program
- Is consistent with the CMRTO's mandate to regulate the profession in order to protect the public interest
- Encourages members to take seriously their professional responsibility to ensure their continuing competence and quality improvement in a changing environment
- Provides an opportunity for members to control and direct their own continuing education and professional development
The QA program also provides members with a method of demonstrating compliance with the CMRTO Practice Standard 8, Continuing Competence, which states:
"Members must have, maintain and apply the necessary knowledge, skills and judgement to ensure safe, effective and ethical outcomes for the patient. Members must maintain competence in their current area of practice and must refrain from acting if not competent. Members must obtain and maintain the necessary knowledge, skills and judgement to respond to changes in practice environments, advances in technology and other emerging issues. Members must participate in the College’s Quality Assurance Program as part of maintaining and improving their competence."
Who administers the QA program?
The Quality Assurance Committee (QA Committee) is responsible for administering and monitoring the QA program. The QA Committee is one of the statutory committees of the CMRTO. It is currently made up of seven members – two elected council members, one public member and four members of the CMRTO. The QA Committee is separate from the other statutory committees of the CMRTO, including the Executive Committee, the Registration Committee, the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee and the Discipline Committee.
1 The requirements for the CMRTO QA program are set out in the Health Professions Procedure Code, Schedule 2 of the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) and the quality assurance regulations (O. Reg. 375/12) made under the Medical Radiation Technology Act (MRT Act).