Reporting is an important component of regulating chiropodists and podiatrists in Ontario. Reports alert COCOO to situations where a member may not be practising safely and allow COCOO to take appropriate steps to protect the public.
A member must self-report to COCOO if she or he:
- has been found guilty of any offence in any jurisdiction (except speeding or parking tickets);
- has been charged with any offence in any jurisdiction;
- has a finding of professional negligence and/or malpractice;
- has a finding of professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity or any similar finding, in relation to the practice of chiropody or any other profession in any jurisdiction; and/or
- is the subject of a current investigation, inquiry or proceeding for professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity or any similar investigation or proceeding in relation to the practice of chiropody/podiatry or any other profession in any jurisdiction. (Note: Information about COCOO proceedings do not need not be reported.)
Failing to self-report is a serious matter and can result in referral to the Discipline Committee.
COCOO does not investigate every self-report received. COCOO’s Registrar reviews the self-report, determines what level of risk may be posed to the public, and makes a decision about an appropriate regulatory response.
To self-report, please consult the Q&A’s on Self-Reporting Criminal Charges to the College and complete the Self-Reporting Form.
For assistance or more information on the reports process, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.