Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

Now open! Review panel nominations for the substance use workforce competencies Publicly Available Specification

Ottawa, October 24, 2023 – The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) is accepting nominations for the review panel to help develop substance use workforce competencies Publicly Available Specification. Nominations will be accepted until Nov. 27, 2023.

The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) has contracted CCSA to lead the development of technical and behavioural workforce competencies (the competencies) for prescribers who do not specialize in addiction medicine. They will help address workforce challenges, such as standardization in clinical practice and interpersonal approaches that would help improve the quality-of-care people who use substances receive in the broader health care system.

The competencies are currently being developed with input from with policy makers, people with lived expertise, healthcare providers, leaders and regulators through technical committees. As part of the development process, members of the review panel will review the draft competencies in early December 2023,* before the public consultation. They will also be responsible for reviewing and validating the updated competencies after feedback from the public consultation has been added. This will take place in early 2024.*

To nominate someone, or yourself, for the review panel, please email Miguel Andres Hernandez-Basurto at with the following information:

  • Name
  • Email address
  • City and province
  • Organization
  • Position or role 
  • A brief description on why the nominee is suited to sit on the review panel.
  • Your contact information (if you’re nominating someone else)

The draft competencies are scheduled to be open for public consultation from Dec. 11, 2023 to Jan. 5, 2024.* Sign up for the competencies’ newsletter through CCSA’s subscription service to stay informed of developments in the open public consultation forum process.

The competencies are one of the six Mental Health and Substance Use Health (MHSUH) priority topics that will result in integrated standards-based deliverables of national scope.

* All dates are subject to change.

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Lee Arbon, Communications Advisor
Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
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