The Newfoundland Labrador Occupational Therapy Board is a governing body responsible for regulating the practice of occupational therapy in Newfoundland and Labrador.
It is responsible for ensuring the safe, ethical, and competent practice of occupational therapy in Newfoundland and Labrador. All occupational therapists who practice in Newfoundland Labrador must be registered members of the Board. It is illegal to use the title “occupational therapist” without registration with the Board.
In Newfoundland Labrador, the provincial legislature delegated the regulatory authority over occupational therapy to the Newfoundland and Labrador Occupational Therapy Board (NLOTB). Regulation is aimed at preventing harm to the public by setting compulsory rules of conduct and standards of practice within the profession.
As a regulatory organization, two basic functions are required of the Board:
- To set conditions for entry into the profession (licensure).
- To monitor members to ensure adherence to the laws, regulations, and standards that govern practice.