The Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA) requires all regulatory health Colleges to administer a mandatory Quality Assurance Program. As defined in the Health Professions Procedural Code of the RHPA, the program is “to assure the quality of practice of the profession and to promote continuing evaluation, competence and improvement among the members.” [1.(1)] The Quality Assurance Program of the College of Psychologists of Ontario has two main components; the Self Assessment Guide and Professional Development Plan, and the Peer Assisted Review.
Self Assessment Guide and Professional Development Plan
Each member of the College is required to undertake a self-review every other year, through the completion of the Self Assessment Guide and Professional Development Plan. Members with even registration numbers complete the self assessment process in the even numbered years and those with odd registration numbers do so in the odd numbered years. Members with Certificates Authorizing Supervised Practice or Interim Autonomous Practice are required to complete the Self Assessment Guide and Professional Development Plan each year. This requirement also applies to members who have chosen to move to Inactive status as it is anticipated that these members will be returning to Active status. These members are required to take steps to remain current in their areas of competence during their inactive period and to document this in the Self Assessment Guide and Professional Development Plan.
Peer Assisted Review
Annually, the College selects a number of members at random to participate in the Peer Assisted Review process. The Peer Assisted Review is an onsite review of a member's practice conducted by two other members of the College.