Legislating Interprofessional Collaboration

Did you know that Ontario has a law requiring the Colleges to think about interprofessional collaboration? It’s true! The act is called the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991. This act mandates interprofessional collaboration as one of the objects of a regulatory College. The Act states that a College has the duty:

To develop, in collaboration and consultation with other Colleges, standards of knowledge, skill and judgment relating to the performance of controlled acts common among health professions to enhance interprofessional collaboration, while respecting the unique character of individual health professions and their members.

This may be a positive first step toward a health care system founded on interprofessional collaboration.