Regulation Matters 2020, Issue 3, December

Council Highlights

Council Meeting September 17-18, 2020

Governance Education  

Fay Booker, from Booker and Associates, conducted a training session for Council members. Fay's presentation reviewed the principles of good governance to enhance the ability of the Councillors to ensure strategic effectiveness, financial stewardship, and long-term sustainability of the College. Discussions included an examination of planning, risk governance, integrity, and sample governance and assessment tools.

Extending the Waiver of Registration Fees for Reinstatement During Pandemic

Council extended the suspension of the annual fees for applicants returning to practise specifically to assist the Ontario healthcare system during the COVID-19 pandemic. Certificates of Registration issued for this purpose will be valid until May 1, 2021.

Revised Integrated Competencies for Dietetic Education and Practice (ICDEP)

Council adopted the revised Integrated Competencies for Dietetic Education and Practice (ICDEP) for entry-to-practice. The revised ICDEP will be implemented within accredited Canadian dietetic academic and practical training programs and will form the new blueprint for the Canadian Dietetic Registration Examination. Staff will begin work to incorporate revisions into relevant policies and procedures (e.g. assessment of internationally educated applicants).

Draft Delegation Standard

Council approved, in principle for the purpose of consultation, the proposed Professional Practice Standard: Practising Under a Delegation of a Controlled Act for Registered Dietitians in Ontario. In keeping with its duty to protect the public, the College undertook research to identify areas of potential risks of harm to clients in dietetic practice. Risk of harm or unsafe acts were defined as “the potential for an event, action or inaction to adversely affect a dietitian’s work in providing quality, safe dietetic services.” Practising under a delegation was an area identified in this study that needed clarification to ensure safe practice. The purpose of this standard is to clarify the expectations and behaviours of safe dietetic practice under a delegation of a controlled act.

Racism and Anti-Discrimination

Council discussed the College’s role on anti-racism. The College will be hiring a consultant to facilitate education and to assist with a review of its processes and policies to ensure that the College is progressing on its expressed commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion.

Auditor’s Report Approved for Year Ended March 31, 2020

The draft Audited Financial Statements and the Executive Limitations Report for the Fiscal Year Ended March 31, 2020 were approved by Council as presented by D. Tinkham and A. Callas of Tinkham LLP.