of the initial/early tasks of the QA Working
Group as it moves towards enhancing
CDSBC’s Quality Assurance program has been to research QA programs and review
articles from experts on the topic. We have found that there is a wide range of
approaches to quality assurance across different jurisdictions and professions.
programs range from continuing education hours to practice assessments and
competence tests. Below are examples
of other regulators' programs and additional QA resources. Note that this
research is not exhaustive and may have omissions. The information was current
at the time of posting but may not reflect any recent changes made by these
Assessment / Audit
College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO)
Continuing Education:Three-year cycle, 90 point minimum in three categories:
There are e-Portfolios for members to securely record CE activities and track points.
The Practice Enhancement Tool (PET) is a self-assessment tool that allows members to evaluate and assess their practice, knowledge, skill and judgement based on peer-derived standards. It consists of 200 multiple choice and case study questions.
There is also a Practice Enhancement Consultant available to suggest resources and provide guidance for appropriate CE activities.
Self-assessment & audit
Each month, dentists are randomly selected to complete the PET program. Unsuccessful completion requires a re-take of those areas where weakness was identified. All dentists are required to complete the PET program in a 5 year cycle.
RCDSO does monthly audits of 75 members' e-portfolios to ensure they are meeting their obligations under the QA regulation.
Dental Association (MDA)
Three-year cycle, 90 credit hours required
Alternative competency assessment – registrants can apply to the MDA to perform the NDEB Equivalency process.
Office site assessments
The MDA does period office assessments. Priority for office assessments will be given to those required by legislation, followed by voluntary assessments.
The assessment consists of:
Review of general practice including emergency response plan, accessibility, staff, facility, whmis, infection control, patient safety, confidentiality and sedation.
Registered Nurses of BC
Registrants must complete the self-assessment questionnaire as part of their annual registration renewal.
They are required to maintain and retain records of practice hours and QA activities for last 5 years. The registrar may cause audits of samples of registrants to be conducted as he/she considers necessary or appropriate to verify compliance with QA. (Bylaw)
The program has three elements:
1. Competence Maintenance – OTs must complete an annual continuing competence review which includes the continuing competence exam (CCE).
2. Competence Assessment – OTs demonstrate competence by passing an objective CCE. The exam identifies OTs who need assistance to improve their competence to meet the profession's standards of practice.
3. Competence improvement – is designed to help OTs meet those standards and/or competencies that were identified in the CCE as needing improvement. A customized, personalized and confidential plan will be developed to assist the OT in improving his/her competence. (only those who do not meet required score on exam)
Annual Continuing Competence Review and continuing competence exam once every 6 years.
Professional Development and Assessment Program (PDAP)
Continuing Education (CE Component) using CE-Plus Tool
Accredited learning activities are reviewed using stringent criteria to ensure they are high quality, unbiased and clearly identify the learning objectives of the participant.
Practice Review Program – an in-person review of a pharmacy professional's practice and the pharmacy where they work. Cyclical basis – multi-year time frame.