Proposed Regulatory Amendments to Ontario Regulation 203/94 (General) made under the Chiropody Act, 1991
Ontario Regulation 203/94
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Chiropody Act, 1991
Summary of Proposal:
In Ontario, the regulation of health professions is based on a self-governance model. There are 26 health regulatory colleges governing 28 health professions under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA) and their respective health profession Acts.
Under the RHPA and the Chiropody Act, 1991, the College of Chiropodists of Ontario (College) is responsible for governing the professions of chiropody and podiatry in Ontario. Under these Acts, the College has the authority to make regulations on a variety of subjects, including regulations regarding the performance of controlled acts authorized to the profession. The proposed regulation amendments are subject to prior review by the Minister of Health and the approval of the Lieutenant Governor in Council.
As part of the Ontario 2019 budget, the government announced that it will enable regulated health professionals to use their education and training more effectively by expanding the scope of practice for certain regulated health professionals. This commitment was further iterated in the 2019 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review.
The proposal made by the College is intended to ensure that chiropodists and podiatrists have access to the most up to date and relevant drug treatments and therapies for their clients by removing the list of drugs set out in regulation and replacing it with broad categories of drugs from which chiropodists and podiatrists may prescribe.
The proposed regulation specifies:
• The categories of drugs that chiropodists and podiatrists may prescribe;
• The list of controlled drugs and substances that chiropodists and podiatrists may prescribe; and
• The list of substances that chiropodists and podiatrists may administer by injection into the foot.
The College's proposal is not final. The ministry will consider the feedback received prior to bringing it forward to the Minister of Health for her review and prior to seeking the approval of the Lieutenant Governor in Council.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
Chiropodists and podiatrists will likely incur costs to complete additional education to safely and competently prescribe and/or administer the additional drugs and substances included in the proposed regulation.
June 12, 2020
Comments Due Date:
July 27, 2020