Dialogue Volume 15 Issue 1 2019 | Page 22

RIGHT TOUCH REGULATION Redesign of College policies underway Policy expectations to be made more clear and concise, with a more accessible format The College’s work in bringing physicians policies that are more clear and concise is well underway. In fact, the first batch of redesigned policies will come before Council shortly, with the aim of transitioning all existing policies to the new approach by the end of 2019. We are redesigning College policies with a focus on enhancing their use and readability for physicians, said Craig Roxborough, Manager of the College’s Policy Department. The new redesign aligns with the College’s adoption of right touch regulation. Inspired by the The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, our new approach consists of the following: “We anticipate that they will now be easier to understand and apply to practice” A move to a numbered/bulleted list format instead of the current long-form narrative approach; Clear articulation of what is required and what is simply recommended; and A companion Advice to the Profession document that elaborates on the policy’s rationale and provides general advice to physicians on best practices or how to meet their obligations Those policies that are not under current review are now being formatted into the new design. Policies that are currently under review are also being transitioned to this new approach, but as part of that review process. “We anticipate that they will now be easier to understand and apply to practice,” said Craig Roxborough. 22 DIALOGUE ISSUE 1, 2019