Professional orders are mandated by the government to regulate and monitor professional activities involving the risk of prejudice to the public. Under article 23 of the Professional Code “The principal function of each order shall be to ensure the protection of the public”. “For this purpose it must in particular supervise the practice of the profession by its members.”
The orders constitute the front line of the professional system. Employing various public protection mechanisms, they respond to the public when questions are raised about the professional acts posed by their members, and to provide information about the recourse available whenever there is a perception of professional or ethical infractions.
The orders also provide their members with opportunities for professional development. They put their expertise in their respective fields to the service of society and the public interest.