Inspection Programs

The College of Naturopaths of Ontario has been authorised since March 2, 2017 by Part IV of the General Regulation to conduct inspections in premises where Intravenous Infusion Therapy (IVIT) procedures are performed.

The College’s Inspection Program ensures continuous quality improvement for all premises where IVIT procedures are performed through the development and maintenance of standards. This helps en5hance the safety and quality of care for the Ontarians who choose to access these services.

IVIT procedures include:

  • the compounding of drugs to make a customised therapeutic product for the purpose of administering by intravenous injection to a patient, and;
  • the administration of a therapeutic product by IVIT.

The Inspection Program Requirements that need to be fulfilled by each premises comprise the following areas:

  • physical environment,
  • emergency preparedness,
  • infection control,
  • sterile compounding,
  • administering IVIT,
  • record keeping and charting,
  • reporting Type 1 and Type 2 occurrences,
  • delegation, and
  • quality management.

Each inspection outcome is posted on the IVIT Premises Register. The outcome can be a “pass”, a “pass with conditions” or a “fail”.

Every premises that is registered and performing IVIT procedures will undergo a scheduled inspection once every five years.

Registering an IVIT Premises

A new premises where IVIT procedures are intended to be performed must be registered with the College, undergo Part I of an inspection and receive a “pass” or a “pass with conditions” that then allow it to begin performing IVIT. Part II of the new premise’s inspection will occur within approximately six months later.

Learn more about registering an IVIT premises.

You can access more information on the fees involved here.

Inspection Outcomes Decisions Pathway

More information on how the College reaches a decision after an inspection can be found here.

Reporting Type 1 Occurrences

Type 1 occurrences are incidents that may or did result in serious harm to a patient in relation to Intravenous Infusion Therapy (IVIT).

Learn more about how to report a Type 1 Occurrence.

Reporting Type 2 Occurrences

Type 2 occurrences are incidents that may or did result in harm to a patient in relation to the performance of compounding for or administering by IVIT. Registrants are required to document all Type 2 occurrences in the patient file as they happen.

Learn more about how to report a Type 2 Occurrence.

Inspection FAQs

This is a collection of answers to the most common questions we get about the Inspection Program. Please note that they are not intended to be or legal or practice advice.

Access FAQs about the College’s inspection program here.

Tools & Forms

You can find all relevant tools and forms used for IVIT and Inspections here.