Responsible for hearing appeals from people concerning the outcome of an audit performed under Part VI of the Act to the appeal board.
The Appeal Board shall be appointed by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council and shall consist of a pharmacist recommended by the Minister, and the Minister may solicit the advice of the Pharmacists’ Association of NL in the formulation of that recommendation; a chartered professional accountant; and a lawyer in good standing with the Law Society of NL who shall be the chairperson of the board.
The Lieutenant –Governor in Council may also appoint three persons as alternate members of the appeal board to act as members of the appeal board as a result of the absence, resignation, illness or death of a regular member. The persons appointed as alternates shall be a pharmacist, a chartered professional accountant and a lawyer.
None of these members shall be officers of the department or employees of the government of the provinces or of a board, commission, corporation or other body that is an agency of the Crown.
The Minister shall also appoint an officer to be the secretary of the appeal board.
Diversity in the backgrounds, skills and experience of appointed Appeal Board members can enhance the effectiveness of a Panel by bringing a wider range of perspectives and knowledge. Examples of such backgrounds may include:
The following attributes are important considerations in selecting members:
No Appeal Board hearings have taken place to date. Therefore, it is difficult to estimate the number or length of hearings as these will be dependent on the complexities of the appeal and the number of pharmacists appealing audit findings.
A person appointed holds office for a term of three years and is eligible to be re-appointed for a second three year term. Where the term of office of a member expires and a successor has not been elected or appointed, the member may continue to hold office until a successor is elected or appointed.
The members of the board appointed under section 42 of the Act shall be remunerated in accordance with Treasury Board Guidelines at Level ll rates.
The terms of appointment for all five current members will expire in December, 2016; all current members are eligible for reappointment. Two pharmacists, two lawyers and two chartered professional accountants are required for complete membership of the Appeal Board and alternate members. Expressions of interest are being sought from individuals who possess the background, experience and skill-set identified and who can bring unique perspectives to the table. Consideration will also be given to a variety of demographic factors to ensure the board is representative of the population they serve.