Regulatory News (CLEAR News Online)

The latest news from the regulatory community. Archived headlines and reports can be viewed at http://clear.blogs.com
  • 26 Aug 2013 12:45 PM | Stephanie Thompson (Administrator)

    The Ministry of Employment and Social Development and the Ministry for Multiculturalism in Nova Scotia has announced that the Government of Canada will give over $1-million to the Immigrant Settlement & Integration Services International Medical Graduates bridging program.  The funds will be used to offer loans to internationally-trained professionals to assist with fees for training and examinations required for completing the licensure process in Nova Scotia.  Loans must be re-paid once the person is established in their profession.

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  • 26 Aug 2013 12:45 PM | Stephanie Thompson (Administrator)

    The Health Ministry in Israel has recognized nurse practitioners as a medical profession, approving the geriatric specialty for Nurse Practitioners.  This is in response to a growing need and a shortage of doctors choosing geriatrics as a specialty.  Hospitals are able to select and recommend nurses for a year-long training course for Nurse Practitioners at Tel Aviv University.

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  • 26 Aug 2013 12:44 PM | Stephanie Thompson (Administrator)

    Later this year, the Illinois State Board of Education will launch a public website to allow verification of whether a teacher's license is active, suspended or revoked.  Illinois joins other states such as California, Texas and Florida who post teacher disciplinary information online.

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  • 26 Aug 2013 12:44 PM | Stephanie Thompson (Administrator)

    The Rebalancing Medicines and Pharmacy Regulation Programme Board in the UK is proposing a Section 60 Order that would exempt pharmacists and pharmacy technicians working in the community sector from criminal sanctions for dispensing errors that are "inadvertent."  Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians making dispensing errors would still be subject to discipline by the professional regulator.  Once the draft Order is reviewed, there will be a 3-month consultation before a report is presented to Parliament.

    This proposal follows from the Berwick Report, which indicated that criminal sanctions should be rare and only used as a deterrent to "willful and reckless neglect."

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  • 26 Aug 2013 12:43 PM | Stephanie Thompson (Administrator)
    As many Utah residents affected by the wildfires prepare to deal with home repairs, the Utah Division of Consumer Protection warns people to be aware of possible scams and verify that their contractor is licensed by the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing.  Licensure verification is available online or by phone, 801-530-6626.
  • 16 Aug 2013 1:26 PM | Adam Parfitt (Administrator)

    The Law Society of Upper Canada has granted a license to a convicted sex offender, whose teaching license was revoked following conviction of sexual exploitation and luring. While a hearing panel at the Law Society initially denied James Melnick’s application in November 2012, an appeal panel overturned that decision on July 29. The initial decision determined that Mr. Melnick had not established on a balance of probabilities that he was of good character, however on appeal this decision was reversed.

  • 16 Aug 2013 1:26 PM | Adam Parfitt (Administrator)

    The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has filed a complaint against a licensee for including the names of former patients in a lawsuit he is pursuing. Dr. Mahesh Parikh sued the patients for defamation over claims of misconduct, including requests for an injunction against these patients making statements against him, potentially at his upcoming hearing for reinstatement. Dr. Parikh is subject to indefinite suspension of his license as a result of the misconduct claims. According to the state's complaint, Dr. Parikh violated the state Medical Practice Act by naming the patients, when they were treated and their medical conditions, in his lawsuit. Possible penalties for violating the Medical Practice Act include fines of $10,000 for each violation.

  • 11 Aug 2013 11:39 PM | Stephanie Thompson (Administrator)

    The Ontario Human Rights Commission recently released its Policy on Removing the "Canadian Experiecne" Barrier, which states that requiring Canadian experience for employment or licensing is prima facie discrimination under Ontario's Human Rights Code.  Likewise, the Office of the Fairness Commissioner has previously released a report citing Canadian experience as a barrier to entry into a regulated profession.  The OHRC Policy places the burden on regulatory bodies to prove that Canadian experience is a bona fide requirement essential to maintaining proper standards of the profession.

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  • 11 Aug 2013 11:39 PM | Stephanie Thompson (Administrator)

    A new "alternative business structure" license in the United Kingdom would allow accountancy firms to offer legal services.  The ABS license would also allow accountants to refuse to show certain documents to tax inspectors, as the tax work done by an ABS would fall under "legal advise privilege" if a lawyer is involved in the work in a supervisory role.

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  • 11 Aug 2013 11:38 PM | Stephanie Thompson (Administrator)

    The Real Estate Institute ACT is urging government officials to oppose certain aspects of the Council of Australian Government's national licensing proposal for the real estate industry.  Critics oppose the national qualification level for real estate agents, saying it is not strong enough, and the removal of the mandatory continuing professional development system.  Additional consultations will take place in each state and territory before a final decision on components of the national licensing system is made.

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