Regulation Matters 2019 - Issue 1

Council Meeting Highlights

December 2018 and March 2019

December 7, 2018

Proposed Amendments to the Registration Regulation Approved for Circulation

Council approved the proposed amendments to the Registration Regulation for consultation which were recommended by the Registration Committee. In October 2017, the Registration Committee began a review of the Registration Regulation in order to eliminate the option for internationally educated applicants to complete a paper-based credential assessment, now that the Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) process has been fully implemented. This, and a number of other proposed amendments were identified in the course of reviewing the current Regulation. The proposed amendments had already been reviewed with Ministry staff, the Office of the Fairness Commissioner and the College’s external legal counsel prior to presentation to Council.

Collaborative Care Professional Practice Guidelines Approved

Council approved the revised draft Collaborative Care Professional Practice Guidelines as presented. An online consultation survey on the proposed Guidelines was circulated to members and other stakeholders for comment from September 26 – November 15, 2018. Relevant feedback from the consultation results was reviewed by staff and incorporated into the revised draft Guidelines.

Draft Code of Ethics

Council approved the draft Code of Ethics, in principle, for consultation with members and other stakeholders. In March 2018, Council directed staff to work with the Legislative Issues to draft a revised Code of Ethics. The previous Code of Ethics was developed by Dietitians of Canada and adopted by the College in 1996. The Code of Ethics was outdated and lacked applicability to diverse and emerging settings. The fundamental goals of the revised Code of Ethics (2019) are to clearly articulate the application of four healthcare ethical principles to dietetic practice: beneficence (to do good), non-maleficence (do no harm), respect for persons/justice and respect for autonomy.

Interjurisdictional Registration Requirement

Council directed staff to draft a position statement for review at a subsequent meeting to require registration for dietitians who are registered and located outside the province who provide telepractice or remote dietetic services to residents in Ontario. As the use of telepractice and other forms of remote service increases in Ontario, questions to the College regarding registration across borders have also increased.

March 29, 2019

Executive Committee Vacancy Election

The two vacant positions on the Executive Committee were filled by Council election. Lesia Kicak, RD, was acclaimed as Vice President and Leila Kanji, public appointee, was elected as the Fourth Member of the Executive Committee.

Proposed Registration Regulation Amendments Approved

Council approved the revised draft of the proposed amendments to the Registration Regulation as presented. The revised draft incorporated feedback from members and stakeholders based on the consultation feedback. The proposed Registration Regulation was circulated online to members for the mandatory minimum 60-day period from December 21, 2018 to February 19, 2019 and to other stakeholders (the Federation of Health Regulatory Colleges of Ontario, the Ontario Fairness Commissioner and the Alliance of Canadian Dietetic Regulatory Bodies) from January 8 – February 19, 2019. 

New Code of Ethics Approved

Council approved the proposed new Code of Ethics, which incorporated new information on culturally safe care. An online consultation of the proposed Code of Ethics was circulated to members and stakeholders from January 8 – March 11, 2019. The new Code of Ethics will also be featured as a key resource in the Fall 2019 workshop on Ethics and Professionalism.

Inter-Jurisdictional Registration Requirement Position Statement Approved

Council approved, with amendments, the draft Inter-Jurisdictional Registration Requirement Position Statement. The position statement includes a registration requirement for externally registered Dietitians who exclusively provide cross-border remote dietetic services to clients in Ontario and those who are physically located in Ontario and provide (even short-term) in-person dietetic services and/or use the Dietitian title with clients in Ontario.