College of Denturists of Ontario
Bill or Act:
Summary of Proposal:
In Ontario, the regulation of health professions is based on a self-governance model. There are 23 health regulatory colleges governing 25 health professions under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA) and their respective health profession Acts. Health regulatory colleges operate at arm's length from the provincial government and independently administer their own internal processes.
Under the RHPA and the Denturism Act, 1991, the College of Denturists of Ontario ("College") is responsible for governing the profession of denturists in Ontario. Under these Acts, the College has the authority to make regulations on a variety of subject matters, including whether a denturist may have his/her spouse as a patient. All College regulations are subject to the prior review by the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and the approval of the Lieutenant Governor in Council.
Summary of Proposal
Recently, the Ontario Legislature passed legislation that allows each health regulatory college to determine for their respective professions whether it would be permissible to have a patient who is also the member's spouse and to make a regulation permitting a member to have his or her spouse as a patient ("spousal patient").
The proposed regulation was originally circulated to members and stakeholders for feedback May 1, 2014. The proposed regulation would permit a denturist to have his/her spouse as a patient by providing for a "spousal patient" exception to the definition of "sexual abuse" under the Health Professions Procedural Code (Code), which is a Schedule to the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA).
For further information, please contact the College at the following address below.
September 30, 2014
Comments Due Date:
November 13, 2014
Contact: Abena Buahene, Registrar
Phone: 416-925-6331 Ext. 226
Address: 180 Bloor St. West, Suite 903 Toronto, ON M5S 2V6