After conducting an investigation, the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (ICRC) may decide to refer cases to the Discipline Committee. Members of the committee sit in panels, which include at least three members (two public and one Registered Dental Hygienist member of Council), and typically have five members.
The panel makes a finding of whether a Registered Dental Hygienist has committed an act of professional misconduct or is incompetent. If so, the Registered Dental Hygienist can:
- be reprimanded;
- have their Certificate of Registration suspended;
- have specified terms, conditions or limitations imposed on their certificate;
- have their certificate revoked;
- be ordered to pay a fine of up to $35,000 to the Ontario Minister of Finance;
- be required to pay all or part of the legal, investigation and hearing costs and expenses; and
- be ordered to reimburse the College for funding for counselling and therapy for a client, if the act of professional misconduct was sexual abuse.
Former Registered Dental Hygienists, whose licence was suspended or revoked by the Discipline Committee, can apply to be reinstated. The Discipline Committee hears those applications.
The laws and rules by which the Discipline Committee conducts hearings are the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, the Statutory Powers Procedure Act, 1990 and the College’s Rules of Procedure of the Discipline Committee.
For more information about the Discipline Committee, please contact the Director, Professional Conduct at 416-961-6234 ext. 264 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.