Who initiates the inquiry?
When the syndic receives a request for an inquiry or for information about the
conduct of an engineer, he or she assesses whether it is eligible, decides whether an
inquiry should be conducted and notifies the inquiry requester of his or her decision.
The inquiry process
The Professional Code requires the syndic or assistant syndic to inform the requester of the progress of the inquiry within 90 days of the submission of the request. Then, the same person informs the inquiry requester of the progress of the inquiry every 60 days until the end of the inquiry.
When the syndic or assistant syndic deems it appropriate, he or she may attempt mediation between the parties. Furthermore, if the competence of the member is deficient in certain areas, the syndic may inform the Professional Inspection Committee of this.
To successfully complete the inquiry, the syndic or assistant syndic may enlist the services of a research analyst, a correspondent syndic, an expert or anyone else. The syndic, or one of the people assisting the syndic, will gather the required information and meet with the individuals involved. When an inquiry is conducted, all documents involved in the inquiry must be gathered.
Once the information has been gathered and the facts have been checked, the syndic or assistant syndic analyzes them. No one may impede the conduct of an inquiry. Any information or document related to the inquiry may be requested by the syndic and must be submitted to him or her. The scale and duration of the inquiry depend on the complexity of the particular case.
An inquiry is generally conducted over several months and remains confidential,
unless a complaint has been lodged.
What can the inquiry conclude?
If the inquiry concludes that the inquiry requester is justified in lodging a complaint,
both the requester and the engineer concerned are informed of this.
The complaint is lodged with the Disciplinary Council.
If the inquiry raises doubt about the competence of the engineer concerned,
the syndic or assistant syndic may then submit a request to the
Professional Inspection Committee.
If the inquiry concludes that there is no reason to lodge a complaint,
the requester is informed of this. If the requester is not satisfied
with the answer, he or she may:
- request the opinion of the Review Committee
on the decision not to lodge a complaint and close the file
- lodge a private complaint with the Disciplinary Council.
For more information, go to the FAQ.
What can the Review Committee do?
The Review Committee receives the review request from an inquiry requester who is dissatisfied with the syndic's decision not to lodge a complaint.
The Review Committee may:
- conclude that there is no reason to lodge a complaint;
- suggest that the syndic deepen his or her inquiry;
- suggest that the syndic refer the file to the Professional Inspection Committee;
- conclude that there is no reason to lodge a complaint with the Disciplinary
Council and suggest that an ad hoc syndic be appointed.