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A legal requirement for Ontario nurses
Mandatory reporting is an important component of regulating the nursing profession in Ontario. Reports alert the College to situations where a nurse may not be practising safely and allow the College to take any appropriate steps to protect the public.
A nurse must self-report to the College if she or he:
- has been found guilty of any offence in any jurisdiction;
- 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 nursing 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 nursing or any other profession in any jurisdiction. (Note: Information about College proceedings need not be reported.)
Failing to self-report is a serious matter and can result in referral to discipline.
More information about what nurses are required to self-report around criminal charges can be found in these Q&As.
To self-report, please consult the Mandatory Reporting Guide and complete the Self-Reporting Form. For assistance or more information on the reports process, contact the College at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416 928-0900 ext. 6988 (toll-free in Ontario 1 800 387-5526).