Peer and Practice Assessment (PPA)
The Regulated Health Professions Act
requires the Quality Assurance Program of the College to conduct practice assessments of dietitians to ensure continuing competence for public protection. The PPA:
Evaluates whether the knowledge, skills and judgment of Registered Dietitians (RD) meet the standards established in the Integrated Competencies for Dietetic Education and Practice (ICDEP).
Assures the public and other stakeholders that Registered Dietitians in Ontario practice safely, competently and ethically.
Helps Registered Dietitians improve their competence if an improvement is required.
The Peer and Practice Assessment is a 2-Step Process
STEP 1 involves a multi-source feedback method (often called 360 º feedback) to gather input from peers, colleagues and patients (if applicable). A dietitian whose survey results fall below the acceptable norm (cut score) will proceed to Step 2.
STEP 2 involves a behaviour-based interview conducted by a peer assessor who is an experienced dietitian. A chart review is included if the dietitian provides direct patient care.
The Quality Assurance Committee may require an RD to undertake continuing education or a practice enhancement program when Step 2 survey results identify practice concerns or learning needs. In extreme circumstances, the Committee may impose terms, conditions or limitations on an RD’s certificate of registration until the member meets the ICDEP standards of practice.
Random Selection in Spring
Each year, 9-10% of RDs are randomly selected for a Peer and Practice Assessment. Additionally, RDs who have not complied with other quality assurance obligations, such as completing their Self-Directed Learning Tool or the Jurisprudence Knowledge and Assessment Tool, may also be required to participate in a practice assessment.
Selected RDs Required to Participate by Law
When selected, RDs must participate in the Peer & Practice Assessment and cooperate fully with the Quality Assurance Committee and/or the College Assessor, which means they:
Permit the assessor to inspect their records of the patient care;
Permit the assessor to enter and inspect the premises where they practice;
Give the QA Committee or the assessor information requested with respect to the care of patients or with respect to their records of the patient care in the form the Committee or assessor specifies;
Confer with the QA Committee or the assessor if requested to do so.
If an RD does not fulfil the terms of the Peer and Practice Assessment, the QA Committee may refer the matter to the College’s Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee for consideration of professional misconduct.