Mandatory reporting refers to the obligation under the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) and the Health Professions Procedural Code for Massage Therapists, employers and facility operators to file written reports to the College in a number of circumstances. It is one of the ways the College fulfills its role to protect the public’s interest and to maintain the public’s trust in the Massage Therapy profession.
Mandatory reporting is considered an essential professional obligation because it is the best means of ensuring that instances of professional misconduct, incompetence, professional negligence, sexual abuse or concerns regarding incapacity are brought to the attention of the College. It is the responsibility of the College to review or investigate any report in the context of its self-regulatory role to protect the public from harm.
As regulated health professionals, RMTs also have mandatory duties to report information to named officials or agencies under other pieces of provincial legislation.
Circumstances requiring mandatory reporting by RMTs include:
You must file a written report if any of the following conditions apply to you:
- You have been charged with an offence (this includes municipal by-law infractions and offences under the Highway Traffic Act such as speeding tickets). Your report should include information about every bail condition or other restriction impose on, or agreed to, by you in connection with the charge
- You have been found guilty of an offence (made by a court or in a civil proceeding or lawsuit)
- There is a change in the status of the finding of guilt as the result of an appeal
- You have a finding of professional negligence or malpractice made against you
Reporting of others:
- Suspected Sexual Abuse – A written report must be filed if you have reasonable grounds, obtained in the course of your practice, to believe that a patient has been sexually abused by any registrant of the College or by any registrant of another health regulatory college.
- Suspected Child Abuse or Neglect – The Child and Family Services Act (CFSA) requires registrants of the College (as professionals performing professional or official duties with respect to children) to report on suspected cases of abuse or neglect.
- Suspected Elder Abuse – Under the Nursing Homes Act, if you suspect that a resident has suffered or may suffer harm as a result of unlawful conduct, improper or incompetent treatment of care of neglect, you must report the suspicion to the Director of Nursing Homes.
Further details about each of these reporting requirements, including preparing the report and information about the review and investigation process, are found in the accompanying Mandatory Reporting Guidelines for Registrants document.