As a part of its legislative reform initiative, the College Council has approved and adopted a number of key principles against which to analyze recommendations for change to the Veterinarians Act. The key principles provide criteria to guide the work of the legislative reform working groups, College staff, and Council at all stages of the legislative review process.
Principle 1: Right Touch Regulation
Right touch regulation is a concept postulated by the then Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (CHRE), and at its core means utilizing the minimum regulatory approach required to achieve the desired result. The intent is to focus on identified and verified risks and simplicity in solutions.
Principle 2: Agility
Agility in regulation means looking forward to anticipate change. The Act intended to provide for broad authority which permits a flexible approach to actual implementation and the opportunity to refine regulatory responses over time.
Principle 3: Just Culture
A just culture proposes that discipline be tied to an individual's intent or behavioural choices rather than on the outcome of their actions. In promoting a just culture, we accept that mistakes will occur. Our aim is to consider both the individual and the system which gives rise to errors, and seek to learn from incidents and errors.
Principle 4: Collaborative self-regulation
Collaboration in self-regulation is demonstrated by an approach that views the public, veterinarians, government, and others involved in the safe delivery of veterinary medicine as partners in achieving quality practice outcomes.
Principle 5: Risk Mitigation
In keeping with the right touch focus on risk identification, our regulatory solutions seek to mitigate risks in practice. Our processes support the measurement and evaluation of risk(s), and solutions which manage them effectively and responsibly.
Principle 6: Transparency
The public needs access to appropriate information in order to trust that self-regulation works effectively. Transparency includes the provision of information to the public that enhances its ability to make decisions or hold the regulator accountable. Transparency, however, must balance public protection with fairness and privacy.