Non-voting Members, Specialty Committees

National Specialty Society Observer or Other Professional Organization Observer (observer)

Office: Specialty Education
Section: Specialties Unit
Date: November 2013

Position Summary

Reporting to the chair of the specialty committee, the observer contributes to matters related to their Royal College discipline in Canada.

Mandate and Funding

The observer can be appointed by the specialty committee chair or the National Specialty Society (NSS)/other organization. The observer’s mandate is based on the appointment terms of the NSS organization.

The observer is a non-voting member and is not funded by the Royal College to attend specialty committee meetings.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Liaises with specialty committee chairs and other committee members, other professional organizations and the Specialties Unit to actively participate in the activities for both in-house and external meetings and collaborate to ensure the sustained health of the discipline.
  2. Ensures contact and communication is maintained between the NSS, other professional organizations and the specialty committee and ensures that meaningful NSS input is provided on various committee issues. This includes providing a verbal report of NSS activities/initiatives/issues to the specialty committee during regular meetings and reporting back to the NSS on specialty committee activities/initiatives/issues.
  3. Provides input on matters relating to the review of disciplines and review of applications for recognition of new disciplines.
  4. Provides input on the review and revision of the specialty specific documents (Objectives of Training, Specialty Training Requirements, Specific Standards of Accreditation, and Final In-Training Evaluation Report). This includes suggesting revisions, raising issues for consideration, identifying implications of changes to the requirements, and providing expert opinion on the feedback received from clinician educators and the Specialty Standards Review Committee.
  5. Advises the Royal College on educational matters related to their discipline as required.

Qualifications, Key Competencies and Characteristics

  • Possesses clinical and educational expertise relevant to the specific specialty/subspecialty;
  • Demonstrates high quality communication and liaison skills;
  • Demonstrates the ability and willingness to advance the purpose of the Royal College as set out in its mission and vision;
  • Demonstrates knowledge of the Royal College systems and processes;
  • Demonstrates a commitment to the activities and programs of the Royal College;
  • Demonstrates an ability and willingness to participate effectively in committees and meetings;
  • Respects confidential information and does not divulge, copy, or release any confidential information except when authorized by the Royal College.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the observer. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and activities required of this position.