What is the difference between the College and the Council?

Role of the Council

The Newfoundland and Labrador Council of Health Professionals (NLCHP) is an independent body established by legislation under the Health Professions Act (2010). 

The Council is responsible for governing the regulation of seven health groups designated under the Act. These professions include:

  • Acupuncturists
  • Audiologists
  • Speech Language Pathologists
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Medical Laboratory Technologists
  • Midwives
  • Respiratory Therapists

The NLCHP, in consultation with the Colleges, is responsible for regulating all groups in the areas of registration, professional standards, quality assurance, and discipline. The NLCHP, with two members from each of the professional groups and six public representatives shall act to:

  • Support the quality and safety of health services
  • Enhance public protection
  • Improve patient safety and strengthen the regulatory system
  • Facilitate patient-centered inter-professional collaboration and care

Role of the College

The College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists – Newfoundland and Labrador (CASLP-NL) functions in union with the Council in regulating the practice of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology in this province. 

The public is served and protected by the College by:

  • Approving a program of study and education for the purpose of establishing education requirements
  • Developing entry to practice requirements for Audiology and Speech Language Pathologists including annual renewal or re-certification requirements and continuing competency requirements
  • Establishing a scope of practice
  • Establishing standards of practice
  • Developing a code of ethics

It is not a teaching institution. It is a professional, self-regulating body with the primary focus of serving and protecting the public interest.

The Chair of the College and one other elected member of the College represent the College as members of the Council and assist the Council in carrying out its duties under the Health Professions Act.