Quality Assurance Reviews
Pursuant to the provisions of the Medical Act, 2011, the College may conduct a Quality Assurance Review to assess physicians fitness to practise medicine. A Quality Assurance Review may involve a review of one or more aspects of a physician’s:
- competence (application of knowledge and skill); and/or
- physical and mental health.
How are physicians referred for a Quality Assurance Review?
There are several ways a physician can be referred for a Quality Assurance Review. For example:
- The College may identify a physician who needs assessment and assistance to maintain or improve their competence.
- The results of a PPR-NL peer review may suggest a physician could benefit from additional support.
Quality Assurance Reviews – Possible Outcomes
When conducting a Quality Assurance Review, the College will work with physicians to gain an understanding of their particular circumstances and issues. There are a number ways in which the College can support members while also ensuring that members of the public are protected from risks posed by a potential health or competency issue. Possible outcomes of a Quality Assurance Review may include:
- An evaluation, assessment or review of a physician’s:
- professional practices,
- capacity; or,
- fitness to practise
- Direction by the College for a physician to:
- obtain medical treatment
- complete a course of studies or an educational or training program
- restrict their medical practice; and/or,
- continue their medical practice under certain conditions