When professionals commit ethical infractions, what are the consequences, and who polices them? Do the errors of a few bad apples leave entire professions at risk of reputational damage? And what about voluntary self-regulation? Can it work? Ariel Visconti explores.
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The Week in Brief is your weekly snapshot of regulatory news and what's happening in the world of professional licensing, government technology, and public policy. Illinois amends its Nurse Licensing Act, Canada hints at a national digital ID program, and more in our weekly look at the world of regulation.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made it imperative for regulators to handle the rapidly expanding field of telepractice. In this column, Julie de Gongre breaks down seven principles for regulators to keep in mind when regulating telepractice across jurisdictions.
The Week in Brief is your weekly snapshot of regulatory news and what's happening in the world of professional licensing, government technology, and public policy. In this week's news, Biden announces community development board appointees, Montana schools face labor shortages, Idaho licensing department gets a report about funeral home bodies, and more.
In an era where everyone lives and breathes smartphones and social media, the average citizen, licensee, or regulator's experience with government technology is not always great. In this Voices column, Paul Leavoy explores the state of the modern experience with govtech.
While there are a wide range of approaches to regulation, broadly speaking, three common approaches prevail – rules-based (prescriptive), goals-based, and management-based regulation. In this article, we break down these three common approaches and take a look at their benefits and challenges.
The Week in Brief is your weekly snapshot of regulatory news and what's happening in the world of professional licensing, government technology, and public policy. In this week's news, Oklahoma joins states offering more universal occupational licensing recognition, New Mexico moves to modernize its regulatory system, and British Columbia health care workers remain unvaccinated.
Today, networks carry more information — and more types of information — than ever before. The ubiquity and cost of network technology has forced U.S. government officials at every level to consider outsourcing its management to the private sector. But what does that implementation look like, exactly? We take a look at this and more in our latest Ascend article.
The Week in Brief is your weekly snapshot of regulatory news and what's happening in the world of professional licensing, government technology, and public policy. In this week's news, unvaccinated health care workers could lose their licenses, Oregon faces licensing backups, and Quebec calls for mandatory vaccinations.
The Week in Brief is your weekly snapshot of regulatory news and what's happening in the world of professional licensing, government technology, and public policy. In this week's news, a Texas company sues Iowa for excessive licensing requirements for threaders, nurses face more licensing delays, and one state introduces new hospital policies to fight labor shortages.
At the simplest, professional associations serve the interests of members while regulators serve the interest of the public. But on closer inspection, it's more complicated than that. Ariel Visconti explores in this article on the differences between regulators and professional associations.
The Week in Brief is your weekly snapshot of regulatory news and what's happening in the world of professional licensing, government technology, and public policy. Virginia expedites licensing for social workers from out-of-state, Massachusetts simplifies licensure for military spouses, and more in our weekly look at regulatory news.
The Week in Brief is your weekly snapshot of regulatory news and what's happening in the world of professional licensing, government technology, and public policy. A federal judge dismisses a Louisiana woman’s lawsuit alleging the state unconstitutionally barred her from offering life-skills training to special needs children in our latest weekly roundup of regulatory news.
The Week in Brief is your weekly snapshot of regulatory news and what's happening in the world of professional licensing, government technology, and public policy. Canadian health workers face mental health issues as the pandemic rages on, President Biden is urged to decriminalize marijuana, and California plans to phase out the sale of new gas-powered vehicles by 2035 in our latest weekly roundup of regulatory news.
As we have seen in many industries, AI carries enormous potential. But can it carry over to the world of regulation? Anna van der Gaag's work has taken her deep into the intersection of technology and regulation. In this article, she explores exciting research findings on AI in a regulatory context and shares some encouraging signs.

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BC expands licensure pathway for international doctors: Weekly regulatory news 

The Week in Brief is your weekly snapshot of regulatory news and what's happening in the world of professional licensing, government technology, and public policy.
British Columbia expands licensure pathway for internationally educated doctors, Ohio amendment could change the future of social work, proposal to reduce cosmetology licensure hours in Virginia sparks backlash, and more in our weekly look at regulatory news.

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