The Alberta College of Paramedics has achieved self-regulatory status under the Health Professions Act (HPA) and the Paramedics Profession Regulation (PPR). This transition brings paramedicine under the same legislation as 29 other health professions in Alberta.
In addition to the HPA legislation and PPR, the College is governed through its bylaws and supports practitioner and public expectations of professionalism with a newly instated Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
The Health Professions Act, Part 1, 3(1), states that the role of a College is to:
(a) carry out its activities and govern its regulated members in a manner that protects and serves the public interest,
(b) provide direction to, and regulate the practice of the regulated profession by its regulated members,
(c) establish, maintain and enforce standards for registration and continuing competence and standards of practice of the regulated
profession, establish, maintain and enforce a code of ethics and
(d) carry on the activities of the college and perform other duties and functions by the exercise of the powers conferred by this act.