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About Mandatory Reporting

As regulated health professionals, physiotherapists, and those who employ or work with them, have obligations to report certain information to their own College or to other Colleges. 

Mandatory Reporting is one of the ways in which the College helps protect the public. It ensures that the College becomes aware of and can investigate incidents of possible professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity on the part of physiotherapists. 

Here is a summary of physiotherapists’ reporting obligations described in the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991.

For more information

  • Read the list of Frequently Asked Questions below
  • Contact the Practice Advisor at practiceadvice@collegept.org or 647-484-8800 or 1-800-583-5885. 

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Physiotherapist Reporting Obligations 

A mandatory report must be filed with the relevant College if:

While practicing the profession, they learn that a patient/client has been or is being sexually abused by a physiotherapist or another regulated health professional. 

A partnership, health profession corporation or association has ended because a regulated health professional has committed professional misconduct or is incompetent or incapacitated.

A physiotherapist has had a finding of guilt for an offence.

A physiotherapist has had a finding of professional malpractice or negligence.

Employer or Facility Operators Reporting Obligations

An employer or facility operator must file a Mandatory Report with the relevant College if:

They learn that a patient or client has been or is being sexually abused by a physiotherapist or another regulated health professional.

A physiotherapist or other regulated health professional has been terminated for reasons of professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity.

A physiotherapist voluntarily resigns, relinquishes or restricts his or her practice and there is reasonable belief that it is related to the member’s conduct, competence or capacity

A partnership, health profession corporation or association involving a physiotherapist or other regulated health professional has ended because of reasons of professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity.

They have reason to believe that a physiotherapist is incompetent or incapacitated.

Reporting to Other Organizations 

Physiotherapists and employers of physiotherapists may also have Mandatory Reporting obligations to other organizations as they relate to suspected child abuse, elder abuse, and the warning of authorities or appropriate parties when someone is in serious danger (duty to warn).

Regulated health care providers and employers or facility operators of regulated health care providers must send a Mandatory Report to a College if they believe that a patient has been sexually abused by a regulated health care provider.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about Making a Mandatory Report About Sexual Abuse