The College of Chiropodists of Ontario (COCOO) is one of Ontario’s 26 self-regulated health profession Colleges in the province of Ontario established through the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA). The College regulates both Chiropodists and Podiatrists.
The role and authority of the College is set out in the RHPA, the Health Professions Procedural Code, the Chiropody Act, 1991 and the regulations, made under these Acts along with the policies and by-laws of the College.
To Protect the Public, the College:
- Sets the education and other qualifications necessary to enter the professions;
- Administers quality assurance programs that members are required to participate in to help maintain their competence;
- Develops professional and ethical standards and guidelines;
- Provides complaint and discipline processes for people who feel that the standards have not been met.
The College is dedicated to supporting its chiropodist and podiatrist members in their delivery of high-quality ethical care. Patients/clients must be able to put their trust in those who treat them.
The College protects patients’ rights to safe, competent and ethical foot care by supporting chiropodists and podiatrists in maintaining the standards of practice of the profession and also by holding them accountable for their conduct and practice.