Amendments to the Health Professions Act (HPA) to protect patients from sexual abuse and sexual misconduct are coming in to force on April 1, 2019. These amendments establish mandatory penalties for sexual abuse and sexual misconduct by all regulated health professionals. The amendments also include new rules around reporting and disclosure.
When do I report?
After April 1, 2019, if you have reasonable grounds to believe that the conduct of a regulated member of any college constitutes sexual abuse or sexual misconduct against a patient or former patient, you must report that conduct to the complaints director of their college. Similarily, employers who have reasonable grounds to believe that the conduct of a regulated member is, in their opinion, sexual abuse or sexual misconduct must report this conduct as soon possible to the complaints director.
New applicants are now required to submit a criminal reference check and disclose any completed or ongoing conduct investigation under HPA, or equivalent in another jurisdiction.
A regulated member must, as soon as reasonably possible, report in writing to the registrar of any college of which they are a member if: