The Quality Assurance Committee is comprised of both professional and public members of the CMRITO Council, as well as CMRITO members appointed to it. Their job is to administer the QA Program in accordance with the RHPA, the QA regulation, and all other applicable laws.
Members can be required to submit their QA records to the CMRITO for assessment by the QA Committee, or an assessor appointed by this Committee. In most cases, the QA Committee will be satisfied with a review of the member’s QA records. If they are not, however, they can require the member to complete their QA records, or require a member to participate in one or more specified continuing education or professional development activities. The Committee can also refer a member for a peer and practice assessment.
Furthermore, members can also be directed by the Committee to undergo a peer and practice assessment in accordance with the regulations. Usually, the QA Committee will be satisfied with the findings and the report of the assessment. However, a member can be found to be lacking in knowledge, skills, or judgement. In these rare cases, the QA Committee may, among other things, require a member to participate in a continuing education or remediation program. These can include specified education, refresher or continuing education programs, courses, or initiatives.
The QA Committee can also conclude that the member may have committed an act of professional misconduct. An example of this would be a member failing to co-operate with the QA Committee or failing to comply with a requirement of the QA Committee. They could also conclude that the member may be incompetent or incapacitated. In circumstances such as this, the Committee may also provide the name of the member and allegations against the member to the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee for an investigation.
Members of the QA Committee are required to keep all information about members' QA records confidential, except under certain circumstances set out in the legislation. Please note that the QA Committee is one of the CMRITO's statutory committees.
The CMRITO is required by legislation to have a mechanism to monitor members' participation in and compliance with our QA Program.
Each member must provide, on an annual basis, a Quality Assurance Declaration to the CMRITO. This declaration confirms the members' participation in the QA Program. At their annual renewal of registration, a member must answer “yes” to the question "I have complied with the requirements of the College's Quality Assurance Program". They also need to confirm that they understand that the QA program requires them, in each calendar year, to participate in self-assessment and at least 25 hours of continuing education or professional development activities. Each member must also keep a record of their self-assessment and completed activities using the tools provided by the CMRITO (i.e, ePortfolio) and retain these records for five years.
Furthermore, the CMRITO requires a percentage of members in each specialty to submit their records of their self-assessment and participation in continuing education or professional development activities (QA records) or undergo a peer and practice assessment. Individual members who are selected for an assessment will be notified by the CMRITO in writing. They will be told when they are required to submit their QA records for assessment or undergo a peer and practice assessment.
The CMRITO Council decides each year on the percentage of members required to submit their QA records or to undergo a peer and practice assessment. Members are selected by means of a random selection generated by a computer program. Individual members may also be required to submit their QA records or to undergo a peer and practice assessment by the QA Committee.
The QA Committee analyzes and monitors members' participation in the QA program through the ePortfolio tool. This gives the Committee de-identified, statistical data about members' participation in the ePortfolio.