As of May 1, 2018, a number of amendments to the Regulated Health Professions Act came into force. These amendments have the potential to significantly affect health professionals who are faced with criminal proceedings, regardless of whether the criminal proceeding has anything to do with their practice.

The new provision requires every registered health professional in Ontario to report to his or her College in the event that “the member has been charged with an offence.” Prior to this provision, the regulations of some health Colleges required such notification, while others did not.

This article reviews the most significant of the recently-introduced amendments, and provides some thoughts and considerations for lawyers who practise at the intersection of criminal and regulatory law.