Forward Regulatory Plan 2019-2021: Regulations Amending the Regulations for the Monitoring of Medical Assistance in Dying

Title of Regulatory Initiative

Regulations Amending the Regulations for the Monitoring of Medical Assistance in Dying

Enabling Act

An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying)

Description

The objective of this amendment is to designate Quebec's Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services as the recipient of the information reported under the Regulations for the Monitoring of Medical Assistance in Dying in Quebec, replacing text that required health care professionals in Quebec to report to the federal Minister of Health. This will help provide clarity to practitioners and pharmacists in Quebec and enable full compliance with their reporting obligations in the Criminal Code, as well as support national consistency in the collection of information required under the regulations.

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)

The amendment was developed in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Services in Quebec.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

This amendment impacts the reporting obligations of practitioners and pharmacists in Quebec filing under the regulations, as well as the administrative responsibilities of the Ministry of Health and Social Services. However, it formalizes a pre-existing agreement between Health Canada and the Ministry of Health and Social Services in Quebec, and thus the practical impact on stakeholders is anticipated to be minimal.

Consultations

The draft regulations for monitoring medical assistance in dying that were pre-published for public consultation in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on December 16, 2017 named a provincial-level recipient of reports from health care practitioners and pharmacists in Quebec. Although this was removed at the time of publication, Canadians had the opportunity to provide comments on the proposal. Discussions between Health Canada and the Government of Quebec on the designation of a provincial recipient have been ongoing leading up to this amendment.

The publication of the amendment to the regulations in the Canada Gazette, Part ll, is expected to take place in spring 2019.

Further information

Information on monitoring and reporting on medical assistance in dying can be found online on the canada.ca webpage.
Additional information can be requested from the Departmental contact.

Departmental contact information

Sharon Harper
Policy Director
Strategic Policy Branch
Health Canada

Telephone: 613-219-4286
Email: End.of.life.care_soins.fin.de.vie@hc-sc.gc.ca

Date the regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory Plan

April 1, 2019

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