Health Care Consent Act

Under the Health Care Consent Act (HCCA), as a medical radiation and imaging technologist, you are considered a health practitioner. So you need to be familiar with the law’s requirements as it relates to ensuring consent for any medical radiation and imaging treatment or procedure.

As its central principle, the HCCA provides that a health practitioner who proposes a treatment to a person shall not administer the treatment. Furthermore, they should take reasonable steps to ensure that it is not administered unless he or she believes that the person is:

  • Capable with respect to the treatment, and has given consent; or

  • Incapable with respect to the treatment, and another person has given consent in accordance with the HCCA.

So, as a health practitioner, you must take reasonable steps to ensure that the treatment is not done unless a valid consent has been given. Please note that this publication has not yet been updated with the new name of the College and the profession. The remainder of the content is still correct.

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