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Professional legislation and regulations

The control measures contained in professional legislation and regulations are designed to prevent the risk of prejudice involved in the practice of specific professional activities. Prejudice can take the form of an infringement of an individual’s physical or psychological integrity, property, or a violation of confidentiality or privacy. Infringement may be direct or indirect in nature.

Professional legislation and regulations impose a variety of obligations on professionals that are related to both the context and content of their practice. Some obligations are expressed as prescriptions or prohibitions. Others are expressed as the ethical principles that should govern a professional’s activity. Obligations may concern clients, the public, the profession or other members of the order.

Non-compliance with professional obligations, in the form of negligence, misconduct or breach, could result in a complaint being lodged with the order’s disciplinary council. The professional might then receive various types of sanction.