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Professional regulators have the legal mandate to enforce restrictions and conditions for practice and to set out standards for professional conduct and practice.

Embedding patient safety within professional self-regulation sets out clear expectations for safe patient care by healthcare providers.

Measures of Success for Patient Safety in Canada

The following measures of success were identified through the literature review, collaboration with Patients for Patient Safety Canada, and consultations with CPSI's Policy, Legal and Regulatory Affairs Committee to monitor the progress of changes to professional regulations in preventing and reducing harm:

  • Professional associations and regulatory bodies include patient safety competency standards into their professional standards of practice.
  • All professional licensing requirements include patient safety standards.
  • Patient safety competency standards are incorporated into professional development tools and strategies.