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Diagnostic Sonographers

The Minister's Question

On March 26, 2010, the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, the Hon. Deb Matthews directed HPRAC to reference a previous HPRAC report and "make recommendations on the currency of, and any additions to, advice provided in relation to the regulation of Diagnostic Sonographers". On May 7, 2013, the Minister noted that there may be additional considerations related to the regulation of the profession, and further directed HPRAC to "conduct a broad public consultation with key groups and stakeholders within the diagnostic sonographer community who may not have been included in the original review." The Minister extended the timeline for this referral and requested that HPRAC submit its advice by June 30, 2014.

HPRAC's Approach

When a referral is received from the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, HPRAC determines relevant public interest concerns and questions. HPRAC attempts to understand all perspectives on an issue including those of key health care practitioners, other affected health care professionals, clients and patients, advocates and regulators.  Each issue proceeds through a multi-stage process where information and responses are requested from and shared with stakeholders. HPRAC will conduct literature, jurisdictional and jurisprudence reviews, and engage in key informant interviews.  Its analysis of the issues will lead to a determination of additional information required, and the appropriate process to be used. 

HPRAC also wishes to remind interested parties that the purpose of regulation under the RHPA is to protect the public. The onus is on the applicant to provide sufficient evidence to HPRAC so the Advisory Council can effectively assess the application against the criteria for regulation of a new profession under the RHPA. For further details about the HPRAC criteria and the process for regulating a new health profession under the RHPA.  

Timelines

The following table includes the currently anticipated timeline for this referral:

Timeline for Diagnostic Sonographers Referral
ActivityTimelineStatus

Preliminary Research and Analysis by HPRAC

February 2013 - June 2013

Complete

Completion of Proposal by Applicant

June 2013 - September 2013

Complete

Stakeholder Consultations

October 2013 - January 2014

Complete

Data Analysis/Validation, Recommendation Development & Submission of Report to the Minister

January 2014 - June 2014

In progress

Please note that these are tentative timelines and may be changed without prior notice.

Application to Regulate Diagnostic Sonographers under the RHPA

On June 28, 2013 HPRAC invited the Ontario Association of Medical Radiation Sciences (OAMRS) to submit a proposal to regulate the diagnostic sonography profession under the RHPA. HPRAC provided OAMRS with an application package consisting of:

Commenting on the Issue

Many organisations and individuals have extensive (or related) experience and interest in the practice of diagnostic sonography. HPRAC is keen to ensure that this experience and interest are fully reflected in the recommendation-making process. 

Public consultation opened October 15, 2013 and closed on January 15, 2014. Submissions were made to HPRAC through an online survey portal; or by submitting the survey to HPRAC through other means.

Stakeholders also had a two-week period in which to comment on the submissions received. This additional comment period ended on March 10, 2014.

To ensure transparency, the stakeholder comments HPRAC received are posted according to access to information guidelines (for guidelines, visit http://www.hprac.org/en/privacy.asp).

Stakeholder Feedback, Part I reports on survey submissions.

Stakeholder Feedback, Part II reports on other submissions.

 

Next Steps

HPRAC will carefully consider all evidence gathered to develop recommendations. Your feedback helps HPRAC assess the proposal and determine the issues the Advisory Council should consider throughout the review process, and informs recommendation development.

HPRAC will submit its recommendations on whether the practice of diagnostic sonography should be regulated under the RHPA in a confidential report to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. Please note that, HPRAC recommendations are advisory only. The minister is not bound to accept HPRAC's advice. The release of an HPRAC report and any follow-up action are at the discretion of the Minister. Should the Minister choose to accept HPRAC's advice, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is responsible for implementation of HPRAC recommendations.

HPRAC expects to submit its recommendation to the Minister by June 30, 2014.

Watch this site for updates and announcements. You may also get latest updates and consultation announcements by following HPRAC on Twitter at:http://twitter.com/HPRACOntario.