Using Risk Assessment Tools in the Era of Transparency

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In an era where news headlines often scream that regulators make decisions that are kept from the public, the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO) has created a transparent risk assessment framework to be used by panels when considering complaints and other College investigations. The framework includes two tools: one used in making decisions about completed investigations and one used in making decisions about interim orders.

Panels consider factors related to the standard of treatment provided by members, as well as whether members have undertaken any proactive remediation or demonstrated insight. The exercise of using risk assessment tools improves the development of reasons for panels’ decisions, and the incorporation of these reasons into written decisions improves transparency for the parties, all with a focus on patient safety.

Originally presented: July 2018


Dayna Simon, Senior Counsel, Professional Conduct and Regulatory Affairs, Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario

Lara Gertner, Counsel/Decision Writer, Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario

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