Appealing a Decision
Complainants and members of the College may request an appeal within thirty days of receiving notice of the panel’s decision. This appeal is made to the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (HPARB) which is a government-funded independent body constituted by members of the public who are not health care professionals. The Board can extend this time limit for an additional 60 days if it is satisfied that no person will be prejudiced. The Board can also refuse to conduct a review if it considers the request is unworthy of serious attention. Where a review is conducted, the Board may only examine the adequacy of the investigation conducted and/or the reasonableness of the decision reached by a panel of the Inquiries, Complaint and Report Committee (the “ICRC”). When a review is completed, the Board may do one of the following things:
- uphold or confirm all or part of the panel’s decision;
- make recommendations to the panel; or
- require the panel to do anything they may do under the RHPA.
The Board must give a written summary of its decisions and reasons for those decisions to both concerned parties and the College’s ICRC.