Fair Registration Practices

The Fair Registration Practices Act (FRPA; the Act) applies to 48 regulatory bodies in Nova Scotia, covering 58 occupations and 21 designated trades.

A regulatory body (regulatory authority or regulator) sets the standards and regulates how people practice as members of an occupation.Everyone who practices within a regulated occupation must register with the regulatory body. FRPA governs the process a regulatory body follows to register a person who applies to practice as a member of that occupation. FRPA states that registration must follow a fair procedure and be transparent, objective, and impartial.

The government may directly regulate the occupations  or delegate that authority to another organization.

How can we help?

The Review Officer works with and supports regulators. The Review Officer

  • provides information and advice to help regulators meet their obligations under the act
  • establishes guidelines and helps regulators understand and meet their reporting requirements
  • reviews registration practices to help regulators make sure they are complying with the act
  • makes recommendations to regulators and works directly with them to help them comply with the act
  • acts as a FRPA information resource or government departments and other stakeholders

The Review Officer does not work with individual applicants.

The Review Officer can not accept any personal information about an applicant or help them to get a professional license. Additionally, the Review Officer cannot become involved in a decision that a regulatory body has made about an applicant's registration or their internal review process.

Working Towards Compliance

All regulatory bodies must provide the following information to the public in a way that is clear and understandable

  • the requirements applicants must follow to register with the body that regulates an occupation and the criteria that body uses to assess an applicant
  • the length of time the registration process takes
  • any supports available to help applicants become registered
  • the fees an applicant must pay
  • the documentation the regulating body will accept from applicants who are trained in other jurisdictions
  • the way the internal review processes works

Regulatory bodies must give applicants information about their application process. The regulatory body

  • answers applicants' questions within a reasonable time
  • lets applicants know in writing, within a reasonable time, whether their registration is granted or not granted
  • includes in the written decision the reasons for the decision
  • gives to applicants who are not granted registration, information about steps they can follow or programs they can take to help them apply for  registration in the future, where practical
  • gives to applicants who are not granted registration, information about how theregulatory body’s internal review process works and where to find information about the process
  • makes sure the people who hear appeals from applicants have appropriate training for that position and are able to make independent decisions

For more information, contact the Review Officer or look at our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).