Any license suspension or revocation whether interim or permanent, whether a result of discipline, a result of non payment of fees, or for any other reason, shall be made public by an ad in the newspapers, and notification to the Pharmacy Board, the Government, and other medical regulatory authorities.
In the application, all questions in the Personal Information section are mandatory. A written explanation is required for all affirmative answers. The complete list has 20 questions, which cluster into these main topics:
|PIPEDA||Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act
This privacy law covers private-sector commercial organizations, including medical clinics and physicians in private practice.
|Privacy Act||Privacy Act
This privacy law relates to an individual's right to access and correct personal information the Government of Canada holds about them.
|HIPA||Health Information Protection Act
This legislation, locally enacted by each province, governs the trustees of health records.
The federal PIPEDA law governs private-sector organizations engaged in commercial activities across Canada. It sets down clear rules for how these organizations may collect, use, or disclose personal information, and guarantees concrete avenues for amending flawed information. PIPEDA applies to medical clinics and physicians in private practice.
Some provinces have HIPA legislation that, on inspection, is deemed ‘substantially similar’ to the health-records subset of PIPEDA. An organization that operates solely within such a province will be exempt from PIPEDA, unless the personal information crosses provincial or national borders.
But more than half the provinces and territories have HIPA legislation which is not substantially similar to PIPEDA. In such provinces, an application to PIPEDA may succeed.
Prince Edward Island is a non-compliant province – its local HIPA legislation offers less protection for health records, and reveals less respect for patients, than the more farsighted PIPEDA. Compliance oversight belongs to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada.
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