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About the Inquiry

The Commission of Inquiry on Hormone Receptor Testing was established by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador under the Public Inquiries Act, 2006 on July 3, 2007.  The Honourable Margaret A. Cameron was appointed Commissioner.

Commission proceedings will be divided into two parts.

In Part I, the Commission will inquire into and report on problems with estrogen and progesterone hormone receptor tests conducted between 1997 and 2005 in the Newfoundland and Labrador health care system.  This will include inquiry into what happened to cause or contribute to the problems, when the problems came to light and whether they could have been detected earlier.  Part I will also examine which protocols were in place during the relevant time frame and what steps, if any, were taken by responsible authorities upon becoming aware of the problems. Public hearings concluded on October 31, 2008.

Part II of the Inquiry will have a policy focus and will include a review of both policy and legal issues raised by the terms of reference.  This is expected to canvass the duties, if any, of the responsible authorities to patients, other parties within the health care system, and the public respecting differences in test results on re-testing.  Part II will also examine whether the estrogen and progesterone hormone receptor testing systems and processes and quality assurance systems currently in place are reflective of "best practices".

The Commission shall not express any conclusions or recommendations regarding the civil or criminal responsibility of any person or organization, and shall deliver its final report and recommendations to the Minister of Health and Community Services before March 1, 2009.

►  The Order in Council establishing the Commission

► The Order in Council granting an extension to the Commission

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