Nature of Action: The registrant voluntarily entered into a consent and undertaking agreement with the Inquiry Committee of the College, which included agreement to remedial terms as well as undertakings involving regular monitoring for fitness to practice massage therapy. This monitoring is a condition on the registrant’s practice of massage therapy.
Reasons: The registrant self-disclosed to the College that, after a relapse, the registrant had requested urine from colleagues to submit for a drug screen test which was required as part of ongoing fitness to practice monitoring, for the purpose of interfering with biological monitoring results. The registrant made admissions relating to this conduct.
The registrant voluntarily withdrew from massage therapy practice following the self-report to the College. During the investigation, the registrant submitted to an independent medical assessment which documented health concerns which could impact the registrant’s ability to provide safe patient care but which identified that the registrant is fit to practice massage therapy provided that ongoing compliance with monitoring requirements is maintained.
The registrant accepted a reprimand for the conduct of requesting urine from colleagues to submit for a drug screen test, and agreed to complete remedial coursework on professional ethics.
Note: The name of the registrant has been withheld in accordance with section 39.3(4)(a) of the Health Professions Act for the purposes of not identifying the personal health information of the registrant.
The Inquiry Committee is satisfied that the terms of the undertaking and consent agreement will protect patient safety.