Declarations of Competence and Declarations of Conflict of Interest
The PGA requires professionals to provide declarations that they are competent and free from real or perceived conflicts of interest when engaged to provide professional services.
Given the complexity of this policy area, OSPG has not brought the requirements for declaration of competence and declarations of conflict of interest into force with the rest of the PGA in February 2021. OSPG will work with government and with industry in evaluating when specific project-based declarations of competency and declarations of conflict of interest may be necessary, which will inform the policy approach and the implementation of the PGA declaration requirements in the future.
The following measures will support registrants in meeting the intent of declarations and will be put in place when the PGA comes into force:
As part of the annual renewal of registration process, regulatory bodies will be requiring registrants to self-declare the specific areas or aspects of the profession in which they maintain competency to practice. These annual declarations will be published on the register, beginning with the first registration renewal for a regulatory body after the PGA is in force.
To support registrants having a strong understanding of their conflict of interest obligations, regulatory bodies may enhance guidance, their credentialing process, and their continuing education requirements. Additionally, as firms become regulated, they will be required to promote and verify compliance of their staff with the firm’s conflict of interest policy (required in their Professional Practice Management Plan).
More details on declarations and the above measures can be found in the OSPG Guidance: Declarations of Competency and Conflict of Interest.