August 23, 2017
Pursuant to section 29 of the Engineers and Geoscientists Act (the “Act”), if a complaint is received against a member, the registrar may designate a member to review the complaint. The designated reviewer then analyzes the evidence and allegations and determines if the file could constitute a violation of the Act or the Code of Ethics and should be forwarded to the Investigation Committee for further investigation or if the file should be closed. If further investigation is warranted, the designated reviewer must provide a report to the Investigation Committee stating the reasons for the recommendation. If the designated reviewer decides that further investigation is not warranted and that the file should be closed, the designated reviewer must provide the reasons.
At the investigation phase, the designated reviewer’s identity is kept anonymous unless the designated member consents to have his or her identity revealed.
The designated reviewer is appointed by the Registrar and communicates with the staff of the Legislation, Ethics and Compliance department of Engineers and Geoscientists BC.
Duties and Expectations
- Review all information and provide staff with a report recommending either: (a) closing the file; or (b) forwarding the file to the Investigation Committee recommending further investigation.
- Take the opportunity (when needed) to request that Engineers and Geoscientists BC staff seek further information, including documentation from the member or the complainant, to help the designated reviewer perform his or her task. The designated reviewer does not contact the parties involved independently.
Skills and Qualifications
- Must be a registered professional engineer or geoscientist in good standing with Engineers and Geoscientists BC
- Sufficient experience to comment on industry standards
- Ability to exercise good judgment
- Ability to protect confidential materials
- Ability to write clearly and succinctly
- Ability to anticipate, analyze and diagnose problems
- Familiarity with structural engineering or on-site sewage systems is considered an asset, but not required
Average Time Commitment
Normally file reviews take between 3-4 hours, depending on the file volume. Reviewers are provided with approximately four weeks to submit their report from the time they receive the materials from Engineers and Geoscientists BC.
Measures of Success
The successful reviewing volunteer will be engaged in the issues raised by the complaints and will provide clear analysis to the Investigation Committee members.
- Opportunity to advance the profession by sharing your knowledge and experience
- Consider interesting ethical and practical concerns arising from complaint files
- Earn credits for CPD and Engineers and Geoscientists BC service awards
- Volunteer appreciation
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