Recognition of Certification without Examination Issued by CFPC


Policy Category: Registration
Under Review: No
Approved by Council: November 2009, February 2010, September 2013
College Contact: Quality Management Division


The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) and the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) have been working together to improve access and reduce barriers for qualified physicians.

A joint statement prepared by the CPSO and the CFPC provides some general information about the application process. For further information, please contact the relevant College.

Preamble

The College’s registration regulation sets out the requirements which must be met in order for an applicant to be issued a certificate of registration.

If an applicant does not meet the requirements set out in the regulation it may still be possible for an applicant to qualify pursuant to one of the exemption policies.

Please note if you currently hold a certificate of registration in any Canadian jurisdiction except Nunavut you may be eligible for registration in Ontario under new provisions of the Health Professions Procedural Code (the “Code”). Please refer to sections 22.15 to 22.23 of the Code.

Please see Legislation and By‐Laws for more details.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate that their past and present conduct indicates that they are mentally competent to practise medicine; will practise with decency, integrity and honesty and in accordance with the law; have sufficient knowledge, skill and judgment to engage in the kind of practice authorized by the certificate and can communicate effectively; and will display an appropriately professional attitude.

In addition to the registration regulation and policies, all applicants will also be subject to other CPSO policies and regulations which apply to current registrants. In particular, the Changing Scope of Practice and Re‐entering Practice policies, and the regulation pertaining to the use of specialist titles may have relevance for new applicants. All applicants will also be subject to the College’s expectations with respect to continuing professional development.

All applicants may choose to proceed through any other applicable registration policy. In such instances, the provisions in this policy will not apply.

Policy

1. Certification without examination and completed an Acceptable Qualifying Examination:

The Registration Committee may direct the Registrar to issue a restricted certificate of registration to an applicant who has a medical degree from an acceptable medical school, if the applicant has:

  1. Successfully obtained certification without examination by the CFPC;
  2. Successfully completed an acceptable qualifying examination as defined in the College’s Policy on Acceptable Qualifying Examinations;

The following conditions will be placed on the certificate of registration:

  1. The physician must practice with a mentor and/or supervisor until he or she has successfully
    completed an assessment.
  2. The physician must undergo an assessment after completing a minimum of one year of practice
    in Ontario. The certificate of registration automatically expires 18 months from the date of
    issuance, but may be renewed by the Registration Committee, with or without additional or
    other terms, conditions and limitations.

2. Certification without examination and completed Parts 1 & 2 of the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination:

The Registration Committee may direct the Registrar to issue a certificate of registration authorizing independent practice to an applicant who has a medical degree from an acceptable medical school, if the applicant has:

  1. Successfully obtained certification without examination by the CFPC;
  2. Successfully completed Parts 1 & 2 of the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination.