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CAPR: A history of collaboration

In the early 1990s, Canadian physiotherapy regulators banded together to form the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators.

Their initial goal was to standardize the assessment of entry-to-practice qualifications across all jurisdictions. They achieved this with the establishment of the Physiotherapy Competency Exam for all candidates and the creation of a credential-assessment service for internationally-educated physiotherapists entering Canada.

But the 11 regulators have collaborated on much more than just this. They have created one Code of Ethical Conduct and one core set of practice standards that are being adopted by jurisdictions across the country.

They have harmonized continuing practice hour requirements across all jurisdictions. They have agreed upon one common approach to the assessment of good character and they have partnered on multiple position statements and regulatory guidelines.

Is this work easy? No. Change is difficult when you are governed by 11 differing sets of legislation.  But working together saves time, energy and resources. And collaboration creates better end products. The knowledge exchange supported by the CAPR partnership benefits everyone.

As we approach 2019, the staff here at CAPR look forward to continued collaboration in the future.

CAPR history of collaboration