Dialogue Volume 15, Issue 3 2019 | Page 34

POLICY MATTERS Second Batch of Redesigned Policies Now Posted Expectations are more clear, concise C ouncil has approved its second batch of policies redesigned to enhance their readability for physicians. The nine policies set out expectations in a clear and concise manner and better distinguish between mandatory and permissive expectations. As with the first batch of redesigned policies approved by Council in May, the expectations articulated within the policies have not changed. “We know physicians want to do the right thing and these redesigned policies will make it easier for physicians to understand what the College expects,” said Craig Rox- borough, Manager of the College’s Policy Department. While the content of the policies is unchanged, the approved policies use design techniques to enhance read- ability. This includes using numbered/bulleted list for- mat, using formatting (i.e., bold font) to better identify and delineate mandatory and permissive expectations, and adding a statement of purpose and definitions of key terms to help clarify the College’s expectations. The policy redesign strategy reflects the “keep it simple” approach inherent in right touch regulation. Avoiding complexity will lead to a greater impact. Companion advice documents have also been devel- oped, as needed, to capture important contextual infor- mation or rationale that was removed from the policies and to provide general advice regarding the policy expec- 34 DIALOGUE ISSUE 3, 2019 tations. Some of these companion documents include Frequently Asked Questions. While all existing mandatory and permissive expecta- tions are contained in these policies, we will be re-eval- uating the use of permissive expectations as part of the normal review process on a go-forward basis. THE REDESIGNED POLICIES INCLUDE: 1. Dispensing Drugs 2. Mandatory and Permissive Reporting 3. Medical Expert: Reports and Testimony 4. Physician Behaviour in the Professional Environment 5. Physicians' Relationships with Industry: Practice, Education and Research 6. Physician Treatment of Self, Family Members, or Others Close to Them 7. Professional Responsibilities in Postgraduate Medical Education 8. Professional Responsibilities in Undergraduate Medical Education 9. Third Party Reports