Professionals are involved in determining rules that governs the profession (e.g. being involved as a CAPA Board of Directors, sit on counsels and vote, participate in regulation)
College seres as an intermediary, between professional and government. Professionals are accountable for their own behaviour (e.g. they are accountable to self regulation) with a regulatory College providing assistance and oversight. A regular College is mandated to reduce the risk of harm to members of the public.
A professional association puts the professional’s interests first.
CAPA – However CAPA is a federal association has a larger than typical role (i.e. CanMDS PA, quasi regulatory function plus member advocacy). This means we have a chance to effect change and direction, through working with CAPA.
Entry to Practice / Practice Requirements across Canada
- These requirements differ province to province and your ability to serve in certain models
- This impacts your legal obligations
- This does not impact your obligations to patients or to the profession.