Why does the College conduct peer and practice assessments?
The College is governed by the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA), along with Schedule 2 of the Health Professions Procedural Code (HPPC), which requires that the College have a Quality Assurance Program. The purpose of peer and practice assessment is to “promote continuous quality improvement by providing physicians with feedback to validate appropriate care and show opportunities for practice improvement.”
The goal of regulation is to protect the public by ensuring the best quality care for patients in Ontario. Both the College and individual physicians have a responsibility to ensure quality care by continually improving skills and behaviour, as well as responding to concerns around practice/behaviour. The College does this in part by requiring members to engage in activities such as peer and practice assessments. Participation in the peer and practice assessment is required under section 28. (1) of the Ontario Regulation 346/11 made under the Medicine Act, 1991.