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What is AGRE?
The Advisory Group for Regulatory Excellence (AGRE) was formed in 2012 by the registrars of colleges with a long history of self-regulation and shared expertise in the regulation of professions with scopes of practice that pose significant risk of harm to the public – College of Nurses of Ontario, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario, and the Ontario College of Pharmacists.
These regulatory leaders identified both an opportunity and an obligation to demonstrate leadership in strengthening current regulatory mechanisms.
Following an invitation to all health regulatory colleges in Ontario, the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario and the College of Optometrists joined the other four as founding members of AGRE.
AGRE's goal is to identify opportunities and make policy recommendations that will strengthen public confidence in self-regulation. This is done through research, debate and policy development. The audiences are the public, government and other regulators who share an interest in regulation in the public interest.