Message from the Registrar: Exploring Clinic Regulation in Ontario – What’s Next?

The Clinic Regulation Working Group was formed in 2015 by a number of regulatory Colleges to explore stronger oversight of clinics in Ontario. After conducting research and assessing alternative solutions, the Working Group decided to conduct stakeholder consultations to gather feedback about the idea.

Consultation Results 

The consultation period ended on December 31, 2015. Thank you to those of you who took the time to look at the website, watch the videos, attend town halls, and send in comments.

The Working Group has committed to a transparent consultation process. You can now read a report about the consultation feedback and all of the stakeholder comments on the website. Find out what your colleagues and others had to say.

Link to report: http://www.ontarioclinicregulation.com/report

Next Steps

After the public consultation ended, the Clinic Regulation Working Group met in February 2016 to consider next steps for the project. In their discussion, the Working Group considered the objectives of the project, what was learned from the stakeholder feedback, and the current policy environment.

The Working Group came to a consensus decision to make a submission to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The submission will bring awareness to the gap in public protection that currently exists, discuss alternative solutions, and call on the Ministry to take action to address the gap. The Working Group is not advocating for a particular solution or model; we recognize that more work is required to explore the issue and find the most appropriate solution for Ontario.

A draft submission has been prepared, and it will go to the Councils of all of the Working Group Colleges for their approval. The Working Group anticipates making the submission to government in summer 2016. We will post the submission at that time.

For more information, go to: http://www.ontarioclinicregulation.com