Making Regulatory Connections
Your regulatory newsletter from the Newfoundland and Labrador Council of Health Professionals (NLCHP)
  1. Welcome to Our New Council Members and Staff Member

  2. 2019 Summer Holidays

  3. Update on Quality Assurance Audit

  4. Upcoming Annual Meeting

  5. NLCHP Policies 

  6. Registration Reminders

  7. Update on Online Registration Database

  8. Duty to Report

  9. Resources For Practice

Welcome to Our New Council Members and Staff Member

NLCHP welcomes our newest public representatives: Mr. Joshua Fisher, Mr. William Jeffery, and Ms. Debbie Brake-Patten. We are also very excited to have Ms. Janine O’Malley join our staff as the new Deputy Registrar. Janine can reached at 709-745-4944 or   

NLCHP would also like to take this opportunity to thank Ms. Pam King-Jesso for all her hard work and the significant contributions she made during her time as Deputy Registrar. Wishing Pam and her family all the best as they begin the next chapter of their lives. 

NLCHP Council Members:

Colin Power: NLCHP Council Chair


Ethne Munden and Kenny Clarke - College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Newfoundland and Labrador

Chris Murphy and Judy Davidson - College of Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathologists Newfoundland and Labrador 

Dan Mercer and Patty Murphy - Newfoundland and Labrador College of Dental Hygienists Inc

Cheryl Bailey - Newfoundland and Labrador College of Respiratory Therapists    

Lisa Napier and Colin Power - Newfoundland and Labrador College of Medical Laboratory Sciences  

Cara Begg-Reid - College of Midwives Newfoundland and Labrador


Public Representatives: 
Gladys Dunne, Elizabeth Whitten, Douglas Wright, Joshua Fisher, William Jeffery, and Debbie Brake-Patten.

CEO/Registrar: Alice Kennedy
Deputy Registrar: Janine O'Malley
Administrative Assistant: Lori Newhook

2019 Summer Holidays

Monday, June 24th - Discovery Day
Monday July 1st - Memorial Day
Monday July 15th - Orangeman's Day
Monday September 2nd - Labour Day


Update on Quality Assurance 2019 Audit

The QA Assessors have recently reviewed all documentation submitted by registrants for the 2019 QA Audit. Registrants who were selected for the audit will receive individual results by the end of June. Overall results of the QA audit will be released in the Fall Newsletter. If you have any questions on the audit process, please connect with the NLCHP staff.

Upcoming Annual Meeting

Please be advised that NLCHP will hold its next annual general meeting on September 11, 2019 in St. John’s at the NLCHP office. We look forward to seeing you there. Additional information on the meeting will be sent to all registrants via email.

NLCHP Policies

Feature Policy #1- Practicing a Health Profession Without a Valid Registration

Did you know?
Individuals who practice without a valid practicing license will be subject to a penalty of $100/per day worked with no maximum. In addition, where the period of practice exceeds 3 days (including the 1st day) will be subject to discipline in accordance with Part V of the Health Professions Act 2010.

Feature Policy #2 - Employment Documentation - Work Hours

Did you know?
The Employment Documentation policy was recently updated. If you are self-employed, documentation of your work hours must be verified by an independent third party. The independent third party could be:
  • an account manager;
  • an office manager;
  • the owner of the practice where you work; and/or
  • an auditor.
An independent third party cannot be a colleague or individual of the same profession even if you do not work together.

Hours of practice can include direct and indirect care as well as hours of work performed as an educator/professor, researcher, consultant, administrator/supervisor/mentor in the respective health profession.

We recognize this is a change in practice from previous renewal years. We have received feedback from some members regarding concerns about verifying activities conducted outside billable hours such as charting, report writing, etc. Feedback will be shared with the Registration Committee.

Please visit NLCHP’s website at and go to the Member's tab to view Policies Council has approved. 


Registration Reminders

It can take up to four to six weeks to process a completed registration application. An application is considered complete once all required documentation has been received and verified. If any information is missing or incomplete, the expected time line maybe lengthened.

Registrants are asked to ensure that the contact information they provide is always accurate. The NLCHP primarily uses email communication to send newsletters, renewal reminders, audit notices, and other regulatory information. If the email address on file is incorrect, important information may be missed. Additionally, registrants are reminded to check their email on a regular basis so that important notices do not go unread.

If you are returning to work, you are accountable to ensure that you have a practicing license on the day you are returning to work. You are required to have a practicing license to attend orientation with your Employer.

Update on Online Registration Database 

NLCHP continues to work toward moving to an online database! NLCHP is pleased to be working with Thentia in developing this online registration database. With implementation of this new database all health professional groups will move to a common registration date of April 1st for the 2020 registration year. Stay tuned for additional details and upcoming training sessions in the Fall.

Duty to Report  

Do I have a Duty to Report?

The Health Professions Act (2010), outlines specific requirements for duty to report. Under Section 27. (1) A health professional who has knowledge, from direct observation or objective evidence, of conduct deserving of sanction of another health professional of the same profession shall report the known facts to the registrar.

Can I be subject to an allegation of conduct deserving of sanction if I fail to comply with my duty to report?

Yes. As per the Health Professions Act (2010) section 34(c) (vi) conduct deserving of sanction includes acting in breach of this Act, the regulations or the by-laws.

Resources for your Practice

  • SAFEGUARD - a quarterly newsletter published by the NL Office of Information and Privacy Commissioner:
  • Diversity and Inclusion Resources - Canadian Centre of Diversity and Inclusion:
  • Truth and Reconciliation Report:
  • Do you have a question on Scope of Practice for your health professional group? If so, connect with your College.
  • Do you have a question on the requirements for your CE/PDs? If so visit your Colleges web page for additional information.
  • Do you have a question on your registration/license? Do you have feedback on the newsletter? If so, connect with NLCHP staff at or visit our web at

This regulatory e-newsletter contains information on a wide variety of topics intended to enhance your practice. As it is published and circulated to all registrants, it is the expectation of the NLCHP that all registrants are aware of the matters contained therein. Registrants are reminded not to unsubscribe to this email as it contains important regulatory information that is relevant to your profession.


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 St. John’s, NL, A1E 1T1

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