Quality of Care Information Protection Act, 2004
The Quality of Care Information Protection Act, 2004 (QCIPA) came into force on November 1, 2004. The Act is designed to encourage health care professionals to share information and have open discussions about improving the quality of health care delivered. This includes learning from critical incidents in their organizations that involve the delivery of patient care without fear that information will be used against them.
QCIPA applies to hospitals, independent health facilities, long-term care homes, licensed medical laboratories and specimen collection centres.
In July 2014, a review of QCIPA was convened to advise on potential improvements to QCIPA and related legislation. This review was led by a panel of experts supported by Health Quality Ontario and co-chaired by a Patient Experience Advisor and Physician Leader. Please see below for more information.
- QCIPA Review Committee Recommendations
(Appendices to the Review Committee report are available upon request. See contact information at bottom of page.)
- Regulation 297/04 / Regulation 330/04
(Regulations under the Quality of Care Information Protection Act, 2004)
- Regulation 965
(Public Hospitals Act, 1990 – see ss.1,2 and 19 for critical incident reporting, review and record-keeping requirements)
- Quality of Care Information Protection Act toolkit for hospitals and other health facilities that may designate a quality of care committee
(Ontario Hospital Association website)
- See also: Health Information Protection Act, 2004 and Excellent Care for All Act, 2010