The Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) requires certain people to file a mandatory report with the College in certain situations. The legislative requirements to file these reports can be found in section 85 of the Health Professions Procedural Code which is Schedule 2 of the Regulated Health Professions Act.

This fact sheet is intended to provide information to the physiotherapist who is the subject of the report about the process. You can get additional information by contacting the Associate, Professional Conduct at or calling 416-591-3828 ext. 227 or 1-800-583-5885 ext. 227.

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Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs: Making a Mandatory Report about Sexual Abuse

  • What is Sexual Abuse?

  • What are reasonable grounds?

  • What happens if an individual fails to make a mandatory report required by the RHPA?

  • How long do I have to file the report?

  • Do I need to tell the patient that I am going to file the report? Do I have to include their name?

  • What happens if an individual or facility/employer fails to make a Mandatory Report of sexual abuse?

  • My employer said that they would file the Mandatory Report with the College on behalf of the organization. Do I still need to file a Mandatory Report?

  • What happens after I file a report with the College?

  • What information should be included in the report?

  • What information will the College share with me after I submit the mandatory report?

  • Where should the Mandatory Report be sent?

  • If written consent from the patient or a substitute decision maker (SDM) cannot be obtained, should I still send the mandatory report to the College

  • Do I still have to submit a mandatory report if I do not know the name of the person who is allegedly committing the abuse?

  • How does a physiotherapist respond to the report?

  • How long does the process take?

  • Will I find out what happens to the physiotherapist?

  • Will the physiotherapist’s Certificate of Registration be revoked?

  • What should I do if I have reasonable grounds to believe a physiotherapist or other healthcare provided has abused a patient?

  • Do I need to know the name of the physiotherapist or healthcare provider suspected of sexually abusing a patient?

  • Where should I send the Mandatory Report?

FAQs: Mandatory Report

  • Why has the College been sent a mandatory report about me?

  • What is incapacity?

  • What is incompetence?

  • What is professional misconduct?

  • What happens once the College receives the report?

  • Should the physiotherapist obtain the advice of a lawyer or legal counsel?

  • How long does the investigation process take?

  • What is my status at the College during an investigation process or after the matter has been resolved?

  • Can the physiotherapist’s Certificate of Registration be revoked?

  • What Decisions can the ICRC Committee make?

  • How will the Physiotherapist Know of the Decision?

  • What kinds of cases are referred to the Discipline Committee?

  • How many complaints or reports does the College receive each year? How many of those are referred to the Discipline Committee?

  • Can the Physiotherapist Appeal the Decision?

  • Will the mandatory report appear on the physiotherapist’s record?

  • Can a physiotherapist renew their annual registration while involved in the investigation process?

  • Can the physiotherapist still practice during an investigation? Can they supervise others? Can they provide expert opinions?

  • Are employers made aware of a mandatory report?

  • What kinds of things must be reported the College about a physiotherapist?

  • What are outcomes are possible following a Mandatory Report?