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In December 2020, the Alberta government passed Bill 46: Health Statutes Amendment Act, 2022 (No. 2). This bill requires CPSA to move our existing Continuing Competence program from the Health Professions Act (HPA) to a CPSA standard of practice. This change gives regulatory colleges, including CPSA, greater flexibility to make adjustments to their standards as needed.
In order to fulfill our legislative duty, CPSA has started working on a draft standard that:
- follows a similar format to the existing regulation;
- depicts current requirements for regulated members to participate in CPSA’s Continuing Competence program (no changes to requirements have been made);
- includes all elements that are required to be enforceable;
- aligns with the Alberta Health Framework; and
- will be supported by the Continuing Competence Program Manual (currently in development and will be available when the standard takes effect).
CPSA Council approved the draft Continuing Competence standard for consultation at their May meeting, and we are now seeking your feedback on this standard.
Because Standards of Practice impact your day-to-day practice, your feedback is important to us. You have until July 6 to provide feedback and have your voice heard via survey, email or the comment form on our Consultation 023 webpage.
Please note CPSA has a limited ability to incorporate additional changes on the Continuing Competence standard of practice, as this requirement is driven by legislation. The standard is anticipated to come into effect in spring 2023.
Questions? Email CPSA’s Standards of Practice Advisor Chantelle Dick.
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