Professional Engineers Ontario Releases Final Independent Regulatory Review

In September 2018, Professional Engineers Ontario Council (PEO) initiated an external regulatory review to identify any gaps between its current practices, procedures and policies exhibited by regulators.

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PEO has recently released the final report, which was led by Harry Cayton, an international advisor to the United Kingdom–based Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

According to PEO, the review “assessed performance against its statutory mandate and legislative requirements, internal policies and the standards of good regulation across its core regulatory functions.”

These functions include: licensing; registration; complaints, discipline, compliance; enforcement; and professional standards.

PEO states that the final report presents 15 recommendations on how it can improve its regulatory performance.

“Council accepts the final report in its entirety and an action plan is now being developed,” said PEO President Nancy Hill, P.Eng., LLB, FEC. “Council is committed to making the changes necessary to enhance PEO’s legislative mandate of protecting the public interest in matters concerning engineering.”

In addition to Mr. Cayton, the review team comprised former registrar and CEO of the Ontario College of Pharmacists, Deanna Williams, and Kate Webb, a regulatory policy specialist with over 10 years’ experience of oversight regulation.

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