The organizational structure of the College is established by the roles, relationships and responsibilities defined through the layers of legislation, regulation and bylaws. The College of Dietitians of Alberta is governed by a Council. The Council consists of regulated Registered Dietitians and Registered Nutritionists and members of the public. To ensure that the interests of public protection are central in all activities of a regulatory College, the Health Professions Act states that at least 25% of the voting members of the governing Council of a College must be members of the public. The rest of the members of the College Council are members of the profession. Registered members of the College who are on the General Register are entitled to vote for Council members, to sit on the governing Council and on committees of the College.
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The Council is elected by the membership and is responsible for the governance and management of the regulatory and business affairs of the College. The Council establishes the mission, vision and policy direction for the College. The Council also hears appeals referred to it under the Health Professions Act.
The Council is comprised of no fewer than six regulated members, including a president and a president-elect. In order to increase public transparency and accountability, the legislation requires that twenty-five percent of the Council are public members.
The Registrar performs duties designated in legislation, as well as those delegated by the Council of the College. The Registrar also serves as Complaints Director. The Complaint Director receives and investigates complaints of unprofessional conduct and determines whether the complaint should be dismissed due to lack of evidence, referred to the Alternate Complaint Resolution process or referred to a hearing.
The Executive Assistant coordinates registration and renewal processes and provides assistance to the Registrar and members. The Executive Assistant also serves as the Hearings Director of the College. The Hearing Director establishes a Hearing Tribunal or a Complaint Review Committee from the list of members appointed by Council and coordinates scheduling, production of notices and records for the hearing.
The Professional Practice Coordinator is responsible for the professional practice initiatives of the College including the Continuing Competence Program, member communications, workshops, presentations and educational sessions.
The Registration Committee is appointed by Council and reviews applications that are referred by the Registrar. The Committee determines whether applicants are eligible for registration and whether any upgrading of academic or practical qualifications is required. The Committee also reviews applications for reinstatement of registration that result from disciplinary action.
The Competence Committee is appointed by Council and reviews competence programs referred by the Registrar and determines whether criteria established by Council for competence programs have been met or whether any follow up or remedial action is required.
Two or more members of the College along with a public member appointed by Government hear evidence, determine findings and appropriate sanctions when a complaint is referred to a Hearing Tribunal.
Two or more members of the College along with a public member appointed by Government ratify settlements resulting from an Alternate Complaint Resolution Process or to review the dismissal of a complaint if requested by a complainant.
To ensure public transparency and accountability, twenty-five percent of the Council, a Hearing Tribunal, and a Complaint Review Committee are public members appointed by Government.