You can make an invaluable contribution to helping the College regulate pharmacy in the public interest and advance the quality and safety of pharmacy practice in the province as a non-Council committee member!
The College’s eight statutory committees play an important role in advancing the College’s mandate to serve and protect the public interest. These committees require the appointment of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who are not elected members of Council and whose competencies, skills and experience are aligned with the College’s needs and obligations, to serve on various statutory or standing committees, and from time to time, on various special committees, working groups or task forces. These competencies reflect the ideas set out in the “Eligibility and Competency-Based Commitee Appointment Framework” developed by the Advisory Group for Regulatory Excellence (AGRE) – compromised of the six largest health regulatory colleges – which are rooted in evidence and best practice in regulatory governance in Ontario.
Non-Council committee members (NCCMs) are appointed at the beginning of each Council year (September Council). The Chairs of the Committees are elected on the first day of the Council meeting after which the remaining committee members are appointed.
Each NCCM is responsible for upholding the mandate of the College and acting in accordance with its values and policies. To further understand the role of an NCCM, please review the College Objects (Appendix 4 of the Governance Manual), By-laws, Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct for Council and Committee members.
THE ROLE OF A NON-COUNCIL COMMITTEE MEMBER
As a NCCM, you are an important part of the College’s commitment to advancing the interests, health and wellbeing of the public. As such, you also have a fiduciary duty of undivided loyalty and good faith to the mandate of the College. This duty includes:
- Being Diligent being prepared for meetings, reviewing materials, arriving on time and participating in discussion.
- Being Civil respecting the process and fellow committee members, paying attention (e.g., no mobile devices during the meetings), genuine listening and consideration and not making up your mind before arriving to the meeting.
- Being Ethical using College resources appropriately, being accurate on the facts (e.g., reading the materials on a particular matter).
- Being aware of and declaring Conflicts of Interest (e.g. financial, adjudicative, organizational).
- Ensuring Confidentiality is maintained. This applies to all information obtained in the course of duties for OCP, unless an exception applies. This is especially important when discussing complaints since you will often be dealing with unsubstantiated allegations and maintaining confidentiality will prevent tainting of processes, facilitate exploration of all options and avoid misinterpretation.
The table below provides a brief description of the duties of the Committees, the minimum number of NCCM positions required to be filled and the approximate number of days required for meetings.
Staff will solicit the availability of members well in advance of booking meetings, and will confirm meeting times with participants. For most meetings, material will be made available online and prior to the meeting to allow time for review.
If you are interested in being considered for appointment to a committee, complete the application form and send by July 31, 2018, to Ms. Ushma Rajdev, Council and Executive Liaison in the Registrar’s office at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be contacted after Council’s September meeting has taken place if you have been appointed to serve on a committee.