Mandatory Reports

What is a Mandatory Report

Updated October 2020

A mandatory report is a report that is required by law. It must be submitted to an appropriate authority for reasons that are specified in law. Mandatory reports are a professional obligation for dietitians, employers and facility operators.

Mandatory Reporting to the College

The College of Dietitians of Ontario has a responsibility to investigate mandatory reports received about dietitians for professional misconduct, incompetence, sexual abuse or incapacity. Reports alert the College to situations where a dietitian may not be practising safely so that it can take the appropriate steps to protect the public. This helps the College fulfill its public protection mandate, maintains trust in the dietetic profession and in the regulatory process.

There are several circumstances where the law requires dietitians, their employers and facility operators to file a report with the College: 

1.  Employers and facility operators must file a report when they have information of professional misconduct, incompetence incapacity of a dietitian, or that a dietitian may have sexually abused a client. 

2.  Dietitians must report another dietitian when they have information about their professional misconduct, incompetence,  incapacity, or that they may have sexually abused a client. 

​3.  Dietitians must make a report when they have been charged or found guilty of an offence. This is normally referred to as mandatory self-reporting.

4.  ​Dietitians also have reporting obligations to the College's Registration and Quality Assurance Programs.

​For more details,  consult the  Mandatory Reporting Table for Dietitians, Employers and Facility Operators.

Mandatory Reporting to Other Authorities

As regulated healthcare professionals, dietitians also have legal reporting obligations to other authorities for:

  • professional misconduct, incompetence,  incapacity of another healthcare professional, or that they may have sexually abused a client. The report must be made to the  appropriate college .

  • child abuse under the Child Youth and Family Services Act, 2017;

  • abuse of individuals under the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007;

  • elder abuse under the Retirement Homes Act, 2010; and

  • privacy breaches under the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004

When To Make the Report

A mandatory report must be sent immediately and no more than 30 days after the incident. If you miss the 30-day window, please send us the report as quickly as possible.

Find how to file a Mandatory Report here.

For further assistance, contact

the Registrar & Executive Director of the College at 
416-598-1725 / 1-800-668-4990, ext. 228