Professional Standards of Practice form the framework to measure the quality of care and service provided by regulated members of the College. The standards are broadly stated, recognizing that practice communities vary and that practice continues to evolve in response to changes in legislation, technology and consumer needs.
Standards of Practice describe to the public those practices considered essential to the provision of high-quality care. Those same Standards, in conjunction with entry-to-practice competency statements, are used by educators to design education programs and practice assessments. Regulated members use the Standards of Practice for self-monitoring processes and to facilitate continued learning initiatives. The Standards are also used by the College during the complaints process.
The 2019 revision of the Standards of Practice involved an Advisory Group representing all five specialties and an environmental scan that included a review of comparators, as well as feedback and consultation from the Advisory Group, government and other external stakeholders. The 2019 edition of the Standards of Practice came into effect on September 1, 2019.