Submitting a Complaint Against a Chiropodist or Podiatrist in Ontario
The College regulates the practice of chiropody and podiatry in accordance with the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA), the Chiropody Act and its regulations, and College by-laws. The College was established to protect the public, register applicants and set standards to ensure that chiropodists and podiatrists (referred to as registrant/member herein after) provide competent and safe foot care.
If you have concerns about the care you have received from an Ontario chiropodist or podiatrist and wish to submit a formal complaint with the College, please watch the following videos that are aimed to help you and provide a general overview of the process.
The Complaint Process
What should I do if I have a problem with my chiropodist or podiatrist?
Guidelines for Submitting a Complaint
We will need to have the following information:
- The name of the chiropodist or podiatrist
- The reason(s) complaint
- Details about the specific incident(s) including, if possible, dates and
- Your name, address and a telephone number where you can be reached during the day
Your complaint is fully and impartially investigated. This investigation includes written submissions from both you and the member. Any other health care practitioner who has treated you, or consulted on your treatment, may be contacted as well as any witnesses.
An investigator may also formally get in touch with both parties, insurance companies and witnesses.
As part of this process, we usually request relevant patient records, x-rays, and other information from the member.
The member has the duty to co-operate fully with the investigation.
The Registrar may, with consent of both the complainant and the member, refer the complainant and the member to an alternative dispute resolution process (see more detail below).
The ICRC may also engage a College expert to assist and give an opinion. The ICRC itself does not meet with witnesses or the parties to the complaint. Rather, it reviews all written documentation. The Committee then makes a decision based on the documentation placed before it.
Whereas the College endeavours to complete its investigation within 150 days from the day it is received, this is not always possible. Whenever an extension may be necessary, the parties will be notified. They will be given reasons for the delay and a proposed new date for completion.
What a Panel of the ICRC Can Do
After a thorough review of the complaint, the submissions of the member, as well as making reasonable efforts to consider all records and documents it considers relevant to the complaint, the Panel may do any one or more of the following:
- Take no action
- Require a member to appear before a Panel of the Inquiries, Complaints and Report Committee to be cautioned
- Require a member to complete a specified continuing education or remediation program
- Refer a specified allegation of the member’s professional misconduct or incompetence to the Discipline Committee if the allegation is related to the complaint or report
- Refer the member to a panel of the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee for incapacity proceedings
- Take action it considers appropriate that is not inconsistent with the Regulated Health Professions Act
|Note: The ICRC does not have the authority to require a member to refund money or pay compensation to a complainant.
Inquiries, Complaints, and Reports Committee Risk Assessment Framework
The ICRC Risk Assessment Framework tool separates risk into four categories – high, moderate, low and minimal. Depending on the information gathered during the investigation, the risk assessment tool helps panels measure its level of concern for a number of clinical and/or practice issues including:
- patient harm/patient safety
- clinical knowledge/understanding
- clinical skill/execution
- professional judgment/decision making
- record keeping
- informed consent
- communication/patient relations
- billing issues
- scope of practice
Panels may also consider other facts, including:
- proactive remediation/willingness to address issues
- dishonesty/breach of trust
- prior history
- effect on public interest/confidence
- one time incident vs. pattern of conduct
- wilfulness/awareness/level of control
- cooperation with the College
Decision and Reasons
Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”)
In ADR, a facilitator will work with you and the member to resolve the issues in a manner that is agreeable to both of you. The facilitator is a neutral person, not a member of the College’s staff or a College committee. If, for some reason, the ADR process does not result in a negotiated agreement, your complaint will be processed in the usual way through the normal complaints process.
Submit a Complaint Form Online
Submit a Complaint By Mail
Complaints should be directed and addressed to the College’s Registrar. For contact and mailing address information, click here.