Inspection Regulation Approved

 

(Toronto, ON)  - On December 2, 2016, the College’s proposed inspection regulation received Royal Assent from the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. The regulation now appears as Part IV of the General Regulation (Ontario Regulation 168/15) made under the Naturopathy Act, 2007.

Delayed Implementation

Although the regulation has been approved, it included a provision that delayed its implementation for 90 days from the date that it was approved. This means that the Inspection Program will not come in to effect until March 2, 2017

This delay will allow both Members of the profession effected, and the College of Naturopaths of Ontario, to prepare for the implementation date.

Initial Registration and Inspections

In addition to the 90-day delay in implementation, existing locations (referred to in the Regulation as “premises”) where IVIT is performed, will have 60-days to register that location with the College. This means that existing locations where IVIT is performed (and where it is intended IVIT will continue in the future) must register the location with the College by May 1, 2016.

This also means that 
no inspections will be undertaken by the College before May 3, 2017 leaving all existing premises plenty of time to learn about the program, make any changes necessary to meet the program requirements and register prior to being inspected. 


A
dditionally, the College will have two years from the implementation date to complete an inspection of all premises that become registered.

Locations that must be registered

Any location (premises) where two or more drugs or substances are combined, mixed or by any means made into a customized product for the purpose of administering the product to patient, and any location (premises) where IVIT is performed on a patient must register with the College and meet the requirements of the Inspection Program.

On May 1, 2017
, any location where either of these procedures are performed must by that date be registered with the College as an Existing Premises. Moving forward, any location where either of these procedures will be performed must first register with the College and meet the program requirements.

Who is effected by this program?

Not every member of the College is effected by this program. Only Members who work in locations where IVIT compounding and injections are performed are effected and only then if the Member is the Clinic Owner and/or the “designated Member” for that clinic. The designated Member’s role is to ensure that the Inspection program requirements are met for the location, that all required forms/correspondence is submitted and Inspection Program fees are paid on time.

What do I need to do?

Any member who provides IVIT services needs to be aware of the program. 

We would ask that over the next three months you:

  • Review the Inspection Program Requirements;
  • Review the Inspection Program Handbook;
  • Review the College’s Laminar Air Flow Hood Policy;
  • Review the College’s AED Policy;
  • Review your locations to determined what changes, if any, are needed to meet the Inspection Program Requirements;
  • Make any necessary changes to your location(s);
  • Identify the designated Member of the College for your location(s);
  • Ensure that the designated Member registers the location(s) as premises under the Program.


Link to Information and Handbooks HERE

Link to Regulation HERE


What if I need help?

The College understands that learning the requirements of this new program and understanding the changes you may need to undertake will represent an additional stress for you. It is for this reason that the regulation included a 90-day delay in implementation.

The staff of the College are interested in working with you to ensure that this program works effectively and efficiently. As such, we are happy to answer your questions. We would ask that you review the materials noted above and then give us a call. We are also working closely with the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors to ensure that members have access to the information and tools they need to succeed under this program.

Questions can be sent by e-mail to info@collegeofnaturopaths.on.ca or feel free to contact Mary-Ellen McKenna, Regulatory Education Specialist, by telephone at 416-583-6020. 

The College will assemble Questions and Answers and post them to the website. We are also planning to have a series of webinars available for members to learn more about the program.

 

For more information, please contact:

Andrew Parr, CAE
Registrar & CEO
College of Naturopaths of Ontario
150 John Street, 10th Floor
Toronto, ON  M5V 3E3
Tel: 416.583.6010
Fax: 416.583.6011
December 15, 2016






College of Naturopaths of Ontario
150 John Street, 10th Floor
Toronto, ON  M5V 3E3