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Committee of inquiry in ethics and professional conduct

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Role

The terms of reference of the Committee of inquiry in ethics and professional conduct are to assist the Board of directors in fulfilling its regulatory obligations relating to compliance with the standards of ethics and professional conduct applicable to directors, whether they were elected by members or appointed by the Office des professions du Québec in accordance with the Professional Code.

Responsibilities

The committee is entrusted with the following responsibilities:

  • Implement an internal bylaw (in French only) to address complaints. The bylaw must be made available to the public on the Order’s website and published in its annual report;
  • Examine and inquire into any information received about a director’s violation of the standards of ethics and professional conduct, make recommendations to the board and, where applicable, determine the appropriate penalty in accordance with the Règlement sur les normes d’éthique et de déontologie des administrateurs du Conseil d’administration d’un ordre professionnel;
  • Upon summary examination, dismiss any disclosure of a director’s violation if, in the committee’s opinion, it is abusive, frivolous or clearly unfounded;
  • Recommend, where appropriate, preventive measures or mechanisms to mitigate the risks of certain situations occurring again in the future.

The committee takes action with the board as needed. Where the committee comes to the conclusion that the director under inquiry has violated the standards of ethics and professional conduct applicable to the director, the committee sends without delay a written report to the board containing a summary of the inquiry and a substantiated recommendation for penalty and the entire record and documents.

Request for an inquiry 

If you have reasonable grounds to believe that a member of the Order’s Board of directors has violated the standards of ethics and professional conduct applicable to directors, please inform the Committee of inquiry in ethics and professional conduct by completing this form [PDF].


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