New Monitoring Regulations for Medical Assistance in Dying
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As of Nov. 1, 2018, the Government of Canada’s new Monitoring of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) regulations are effect. The new regulations outline what information needs to be reported after a Nurse Practitioner (NP) receives a written request for MAID.
In cases where a medically assisted death has occurred (clinician and self-administered cases), the reporting requirements remain the same. NPs are required to report to the Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario (OCC)immediately after confirming or becoming aware that the patient has died.
As the organization responsible for the monitoring and oversight of MAID deaths in Ontario, the OCC reviews each MAID death to make sure they comply with the law. The OCC will follow up with NPs if the information provided in the report is unclear or incomplete, or to find out why a report has not been made. NPs who knowingly fail to comply with these requirements could be charged under the Criminal Code. The OCC has published acommunication informing practitioners of the updated approach to their oversight of MAID.
For all other cases where a medically assisted death has not occurred, NPs are required to report to Health Canada using the MAID Data Collection Portal within 30 days after the day after becoming aware of the situation.
Learn more about the types of scenarios to report on www.cno.org