Consultations

Considering the views of the public, profession, and other stakeholders allows the College of Respiratory Therapists of Ontario (CRTO) to develop policies, guidelines, and other documents that reflect best practice and the public interest. The CRTO is committed to developing policies that are transparent, accountable, and aligned with public expectations. Public consultation is an important way of doing this and is a critical element of the CRTO’s Policy Development Process.

To ensure transparency and promote conversation, all feedback received is anonymous.

Current Consultations

The following consultations are currently available for feedback:

Entry-to-Practice Exam Policy

Consultation closes on: August 26, 2021


We would like your feedback on our Entry-to-Practice Exam Policy.

The Entry-to-Practice Exam policy provides direction governing the entry-to-practice examination requirements authorized by the College of Respiratory Therapists of Ontario (“CRTO”).

The Entry-to-Practice Exam policy was last reviewed on December 3, 2010, by Council. Due to the new policy framework, this policy was updated in the new template and its associated procedure and fact sheet were also updated. Although the policy was revised, its intent and direction have not changed.

This policy applies to applicants for registration.

View the proposed Entry-to-Practice Exam Policy here.
View the current Entry-to-Practice Exam Policy here.

To provide your feedback, please click here complete our online survey, or send an email to consultations@crto.on.ca.

Handling, Administration and Dispensing of Controlled Substances Professional Practice Policy

Consultation closes on: August 26, 2021


We would like your feedback on our Handling, Administration and Dispensing of Controlled Substances Professional Practice Policy.

This professional practice policy, formerly a position statement, has been revised and updated into a new professional practice policy to align with the CRTO’s Policy Framework. This new category of policies will help provide a strong framework to enhance the understanding of the role that Respiratory Therapists (RTs) hold to ensure public/patient safety in the use of narcotics in the healthcare environment. It is the CRTO’s position that RTs who hold a General or Graduate Certificate of Registration with the CRTO with no terms, conditions or limitations (TCLs) preventing them from performing any authorized acts, may handle, administer, and dispense controlled substances, provided they have a valid order, and that the rules surrounding medications are the same, regardless of the substance type.

This policy applies to CRTO Members.

View the proposed Handling, Administration and Dispensing of Controlled Substances Professional Practice Policy here.
View the current Handling, Administration and Dispensing of Controlled Substances Position Statement here.

To provide your feedback, please click here complete our online survey, or send an email to consultations@crto.on.ca.

Reporting to Police Policy

Consultation closes on: August 26, 2021


CRTO would like your feedback on our Reporting to Police policy.

The Reporting to Police Policy was last reviewed in September 2015. This document has been updated through a rigorous policy review process based on a new policy framework.

Changes have been made to way the CRTO interacts with third parties, to ensure the strict confidentiality provisions of the RHPA are followed.

This policy applies to CRTO Members and its stakeholders.

View the proposed Reporting to Police Policy here.
View the current Reporting to Police Policy here.

To provide your feedback, please click here complete our online survey, or send an email to consultations@crto.on.ca.

Registrar’s Reasonable and Probable Grounds Policy

Consultation closes on: August 26, 2021


CRTO would like your feedback on our Registrar’s Reasonable and Probable Grounds policy.

The Registrar’s Reasonable and Probable Grounds Policy was last reviewed in September 2015. This document has been updated through a rigorous policy review process based on a new policy framework.

Changes that have been made to this policy include:
– Item 6.0 of the policy expands and clarifies the possible actions the Registrar may take in order to facilitate a better understanding of the implementation of this policy by stakeholders.

This policy applies to CRTO Members.

View the proposed Registrar’s Reasonable and Probable Grounds Policy here.
View the current Registrar’s Reasonable and Probable Grounds Policy here.

To provide your feedback, please click here complete our online survey, or send an email to consultations@crto.on.ca.

 

Closed Consultations

Accessibility Standards Policy

Consultation Closed on: May 21, 2021


CRTO would like your feedback on our Accessibility Standards policy.

The purpose of this policy is to identify access barriers, improve opportunities and provide accessibility for people with disabilities. The Accessibility Standards policy outlines the CRTO’s policies, practices and procedures to ensure compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

To view a summary of the consultation feedback click here.

A Commitment to Ethical Practice

Consultation Closed on: April 19, 2021


The last version of A Commitment to Ethical Practice document was in 2010 and was due to be reviewed and revised. The draft amendments include Addition of Social Media Use; Incorporated Blood Borne Pathogens; Expansion of Cultural Competency to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Updated language and examples to reflect current practice; Reordering of all sections to enhance the flow of information; Gender neutral pronouns; and updated references.

To view a summary of the consultation feedback click here.

Use of Social Media by Respiratory Therapists Professional Practice Guideline

Consultation Closed on: April 19, 2021


Respiratory Therapists (RT) have a professional and moral obligation to conduct and represent themselves in a manner that maintains and enhances the reputation of the profession. This responsibility carries over into the use of social media, and Members must ensure that this content aligns with the CRTO’s Standards of Practice. This document was developed to guide RT’s in their decision-making when using these types of platforms.

To view a summary of the consultation feedback click here.