The Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) requires all Ontario health colleges to publish certain information about health practitioners. This information is published on a college’s “public register” and posted on the college’s website. Like all colleges, the College of Opticians of Ontario (the College) also has by-laws that require the College to publish additional information about opticians.

The College is considering changing some of its by-laws so that they are consistent with the RHPA. The goal of the changes is to ensure that the public can easily access relevant information about opticians, without providing unnecessary or irrelevant details.

A detailed summary of all of the proposed by-law changes can be found here

Note: In the survey below, references to “opticians” include registered student opticians and registered intern opticians unless otherwise specified.

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* 1. Charges, findings of guilt, and bail conditions

The RHPA requires all colleges to publish information about practitioners’
criminal and drug charges, findings of guilt, and bail conditions.

Do you agree that the College should only publish the information about opticians’ criminal and drug charges, findings of guilt, and bail conditions that the RHPA requires? This would mean the College would no longer publish non-Canadian charges, findings of guilt, and bail conditions that are relevant to the optician’s suitability to practise opticianry (nor any charges, findings, etc. that relate to non-criminal or non-drug matters).

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* 2. Undertakings

The RHPA requires all current undertakings (written promises by health practitioners) related to complaint, report, and discipline matters to be published. The College by-laws currently require certain undertakings to stay on the public register even once they are fulfilled and the undertaking is no longer in effect.

Do you agree that the College should only publish undertakings that are currently in effect, as required by the RHPA? This would mean the College would no longer publish undertakings that have been fulfilled and are no longer in effect.

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* 3. The College by-laws also require all undertakings to resign to be published, even if they are not related to complaints and discipline.

Do you agree that the College should no longer require all undertakings to resign to be published? This would mean that the College would only publish undertakings to resign that are required by the RHPA, unless otherwise agreed by the optician and the College.

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* 4. Other discipline findings 
Both the RHPA and the College by-laws require information about disciplinary findings outside of Ontario and/or in other professions to be noted on the public register. The College’s by-laws go further than the RHPA in that they require more details about those findings to be posted.
 
Do you agree that the College should only publish the fact of discipline findings outside of Ontario, and/or in other professions, as required by the RHPA? This means that the College will no longer publish details about findings outside of Ontario and in other professions.

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* 5. Other Licences
Both the RHPA and the College by-laws require licences outside of Ontario and/or in other professions to be noted on the public register. However, the College’s by-laws go further than the RHPA by requiring that past licences be noted, not just current ones.
 
Do you agree that the College should only publish information about current licenses (in other professions and/or outside of Ontario), as required by the RHPA? This means the College would no longer publish information about past licenses.

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* 6. Do you have any other comments you would like to share about the College's proposed by-law changes?

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* 7. Respondent information 
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