Sometimes, an occupational therapist (OT) might not meet the standards of practice for the professional or might breach a regulation. If that happens, the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario takes action. Discipline of professionals is a critical part of self-regulation and maintaining public trust.
When complaints arrive at the College, the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (ICRC) investigates. Sometimes, the ICRC believes the information suggests professional misconduct or incompetence by an OT. In those cases, the ICRC may refer allegations to the College’s Discipline Committee.
The Discipline Committee holds hearings, which are similar to court proceedings and are open to the public.
A discipline hearing is the most serious proceeding that a regulated health professional can face and carries with it the risk of loss of registration. Hearing panels include members of both the profession and the public. If a hearing results in a finding of guilt, the Discipline Committee can order a range of appropriate penalties for an OT, including:
- a reprimand;
- restrictions on an OT’s registration, called terms, conditions or limitations; and
- suspending or revoking an OT’s Certificate of Registration.
OTs may also be required to reimburse the College, for the cost of funding counselling for patients in sexual abuse cases and/or for the College’s legal, investigation and hearing costs and expenses.
Any disciplinary decisions are made in the best interests of the public and are available online at Find an Occupational Therapist at the conclusion of the hearing. Find an Occupational Therapist is a public directory of occupational therapists who practice in Ontario.
Review the The Rules of Procedure of the Discipline Committee effective July 1, 2016.
Discipline Hearing Summaries