Consultations

Current Consultations

Feedback Deadline

Proposed Amendments:Clarifying Annual Application for Renewal Process for Postgraduate MembersDec 5, 2014

The College is seeking feedback on draft amendments to the Fees and Remuneration By-Law that, if passed, would provide greater clarity to the College’s annual application for renewal process for postgraduate members. To view further information on this consultation, and to provide your feedback click here.

Proposed Amendments: Fee for Applications to Modify or Remove the Terms, Conditions or Limitations imposed on a Certificate of RegistrationDec 5, 2014

The College is seeking feedback on draft amendments to the Fees and Remuneration By-Law that, if passed, would add a fee for any member who applies to modify the terms, conditions or limitations of his or her restricted certificate of registration imposed by the Registration Committee. To view further information on this consultation, and to provide your feedback click here.

A Proposal to Add Information to the Public Register: Criminal Code and Health Insurance Act Offences, and Certain Bail ConditionsDec 5, 2014

The College is proposing amendments to Section 49.(1) of the General By-Law, which sets out what information about members is included on the public register.

In particular, the College is proposing that the following information about members be included on the public register:

  • Findings of guilt
  • Bail conditions

What do patients need to know about their physicians in order to make informed choices? That is the test that is being applied as the College examines which categories of information should be posted on our public register as part of our ongoing work on Transparency.

To view further information on this consultation, and to provide your feedback click here.

Marijuana for Medical PurposesDec 5, 2014

The draft Marijuana for Medical Purposes policy has been approved by Council for external consultation. The draft policy sets out the College’s expectations for physicians who prescribe dried marijuana under the federal Marihuana for Medical Purposes regulations (MMPR). These expectations are grounded in the principles of medical professionalism set out in the Practice Guide. To view further information on this consultation, and to provide your feedback click here.

Closed Consultations

Feedback Deadline

TelemedicineAug 5, 2014

The draft Telemedicine policy has been approved by Council for external consultation as part of our policy review process. This draft policy sets out the College’s expectations of physicians who practise telemedicine.

We are now inviting feedback on the draft policy from all stakeholders, including members of the medical profession, the public, health system organizations and other health professionals.

To view further information on this consultation, and to provide your feedback click here.

Physician Behaviour in the Professional EnvironmentAug 5, 2014

The College is currently reviewing the Physician Behaviour in the Professional Environment policy, in accordance with our regular policy review cycle. This policy sets out expectations for physician behaviour grounded in the principles of medical professionalism, namely that physicians act in a courteous, dignified and civil manner towards their patients, colleagues and others involved in the provision of care.

We are reviewing the policy to determine how the policy can be improved in order to ensure it reflects current practice issues, embodies the values and duties of medical professionalism, and is consistent with the College’s mandate to protect the public. As part of the review, we are inviting feedback from the profession, the public and other stakeholders on the current policy.

To view further information on this consultation, and to provide your feedback click here.

Blood Borne PathogensAug 5, 2014

The College is currently reviewing the Blood Borne Pathogens policy. This policy sets expectations for physician conduct to safeguard the health of both patients and physicians, and to minimize the risk of exposure to blood borne pathogens through the provision of care.

We are reviewing the policy to determine how the policy can be improved in order to ensure it reflects current practice issues, embodies the values and duties of medical professionalism, and is consistent with the College’s mandate to protect the public. As part of the review, we are inviting feedback from the profession, the public and other stakeholders on the current policy.

To view further information on this consultation, and to provide your feedback click here.

Physicians and the Ontario Human Rights Code Aug 5, 2014

The College is currently reviewing the Physicians and the Ontario Human Rights Code policy, in accordance with our regular policy review cycle. This policy sets out physicians’ legal obligations under the Ontario Human Rights Code (the Code) and the College’s expectations that physicians will respect the fundamental rights of those who seek their medical services. It aims to assist the profession in understanding its existing legal and professional obligations, and provide physicians with guidance about how to comply with these obligations in everyday practice.

We are reviewing the policy to determine how the policy can be improved in order to ensure it reflects current practice issues, embodies the values and duties of medical professionalism, and is consistent with the College’s mandate to protect the public. As part of the review, we are inviting feedback from the profession, the public and other stakeholders on the current policy.

To view further information on this consultation, and to provide your feedback click here.

Physicians’ Relationships with Industry: Practice, Education and ResearchMay 14, 2014

The draft Physician’s Relationships with Industry: Practice, Education and Research policy (a consolidation of the former Conflict of Interest: Recruitment of Subjects for Research Studies and MD Relations with Drug Companies policies) has been approved by Council for external consultation. The draft policy sets out the College’s expectations for physicians who interact with industry in a number of key areas.

We are now inviting feedback on the draft policy from all stakeholders, including members of the medical profession, the public, health system organizations and other health professionals.

To view further information on this consultation, and to provide your feedback click here.

Independent Health Facilities “Clinical Practice Parameters and Facility Standards for Pulmonary Function Studies”May 5, 2014

In accordance with the College’s regular review cycle, the Independent Health Facilities (IHF) program’s “Clinical Practice Parameters and Facility Standards for Pulmonary Function Studies” have been updated. The document is designed to assist physicians in their clinical decision-making by providing a framework for assessing and treating clinical conditions in Pulmonary Function facilities.

The College is inviting feedback from the profession, the public and other stakeholders on the updated draft IHF Clinical Practice Parameters and Facility Standards for Pulmonary Function Studies, which is an update to the 2008 document.

The consultation deadline is May 5, 2014. Read more and provide your feedback.

Proposed Amendment to Ontario Regulation 114/94Feb 7, 2014

The College is proposing an amendment to a section of Ontario Regulation 114/94 which deals with the College’s Out-of-Hospital Premises Inspection Program (“the College’s Program”).  The amendment involves removing a provision of the regulation that exempts Independent Health Facilities from the College’s Program.

This amendment will not result in the College inspecting all Independent Health Facilities under the OHPIP. Only those clinics that meet the criteria for the College’s Program (performing procedures under specified types of anaesthetic) will be inspected by the College. The College’s existing role in inspecting IHFs will continue.

This amendment was prompted by the provincial government’s decision to move some procedures out of the hospital environment, and into community specialty clinics and to classify the clinics as Independent Health Facilities.  The College believes that bringing these new clinics under the College’s Program is an important step in ensuring patient safety is protected.

We are now inviting feedback on our proposed regulation amendment from all stakeholders, including members of the medical profession, the public, health system organizations and other health professionals.

To view further information on this consultation, and to provide your feedback click here.

Medical Marijuana – Preliminary ConsultationFeb 7, 2014

The College is currently reviewing its Medical Marijuana policy.

As part of this review, the College will be considering new federal regulations that will significantly alter the process for accessing dried marijuana for medical purposes. This review will also help to ensure that any updates to the policy reflect current practice issues, embody the values and duties of medical professionalism, and are consistent with the College’s mandate to protect the public.

As part of this review, we are inviting feedback from the profession, the public and other stakeholders on the current policy.

To view further information on this consultation, and to provide your feedback click here.

Proposed Fee Increase of $20Feb 7, 2014

At its December meeting, after reviewing the proposed budget for 2014, Council has proposed a 1.3% increase in membership fees. This increase would bring the fee that a physician pays to renew a certificate of registration from $1,550 to $1,570. The College is seeking feedback on this draft amendment to the Fees and Remuneration By-Law. To view further information on this consultation, and to provide your feedback click here.

Reinstatement Decisions: Transparency Project AmendmentFeb 7, 2014

The College is seeking feedback on a proposed by-law that would add information to the public register regarding applications for reinstatement that are made to the Executive Committee or Council. To view further information on this consultation, and to provide your feedback click here.

Preliminary Consultation: Decision-making for the End of LifeNov 22, 2013

The College is currently reviewing the Decision-making for the End of Life policy, in accordance with our regular policy review cycle. This policy sets out expectations for physicians with respect to providing medically and ethically appropriate care to patients at the end of life; specifically, care that aims to reduce suffering, respects the wishes and needs of patients and their families, and lessens conflict and distress.

We are reviewing the policy to determine how the policy can be improved in order to ensure it reflects current practice issues, embodies the values and duties of medical professionalism, and is consistent with the College’s mandate to protect the public. As part of the review, we are inviting feedback from the profession, the public and other stakeholders on the current policy.

To view further information on this consultation, and to provide your feedback click here.

Preliminary Consultation: Consent to Medical TreatmentNov 22, 2013

The College is currently reviewing the Consent to Medical Treatment policy, in accordance with our regular policy review cycle. This policy sets out expectations for physicians regarding when and how a physician can obtain a patient’s consent to treatment and what constitutes consent.

We are reviewing the policy to determine how the policy can be improved in order to ensure it reflects current practice issues, embodies the values and duties of medical professionalism, and is consistent with the College’s mandate to protect the public. As part of the review, we are inviting feedback from the profession, the public and other stakeholders on the current policy.

To view further information on this consultation, and to provide your feedback click here.

Preliminary Consultation: Treating Self and FamilyNov 22, 2013

The College is currently reviewing the Treating Self and Family Members policy, in accordance with our regular policy review cycle. The policy sets out the restrictions on physicians diagnosing, treating, and prescribing medications for themselves and their family members. The policy also assists physicians in determining whether it is appropriate to provide treatment to a particular individual.

We are reviewing the policy to determine how the policy can be improved in order to ensure it reflects current practice issues, embodies the values and duties of medical professionalism, and is consistent with the College’s mandate to protect the public. As part of the review, we are inviting feedback from the profession, the public and other stakeholders on the current policy.

To view further information on this consultation, and to provide your feedback click here.

Draft Transparency PrinciplesNov 11, 2013

The Advisory Group for Regulatory Excellence (AGRE), a small group of health professional regulators of which we are a part, has developed draft transparency principles to guide regulatory college discussions about making more information publicly available. The CPSO is asking our membership and the general public to provide feedback on these draft transparency principles, which we will then communicate back to the AGRE. Read the full consultation and provide your feedback.

QA Fees BylawNov 11, 2013

The fees bylaw pertaining to the QA program requires updating for three reasons: the fees have not been changed since 2000, there is reference to an assessment program that no longer exists in the amended QA regulation, and there is reference to courses no longer offered by the College. We invite feedback on these updates from all stakeholders, including members of the medical profession, the public, health system organizations, and other health professionals. Read the full consultation and provide your feedback here.

Proposed By-Law Amendments: Transparency Project – Phase IJun 14, 2013

The College is seeking feedback on draft amendments to the General By-Law that, if passed, would permit the following physician-specific categories of information to be added to the College’s online public register to enhance transparency. To view further information on this consultation, and to provide your feedback click here.

Joint Preliminary Consultation: Conflict of Interest: Recruitment of Subjects for Research Studies and MD Relations with Drug CompaniesMar 5, 2013

The College’s Conflict of Interest: Recruitment of Subjects for Research Studies and MD Relations with Drug Companies policies are currently under review.

These two policies have similar themes relating to professionalism, conflict of interest and acting in the best interest of patients. As part of the review process, the College will be considering consolidating these two polices into a single document. The College is inviting feedback from the profession, the public and other stakeholders on these two policies.

To view further information on this consultation, and to provide your feedback click here.

Preliminary Consultation: Confidentiality of Personal Health InformationMar 5, 2013

The College’s Confidentiality of Personal Health Information policy is currently under review in accordance with the regular policy review cycle. The policy sets expectations for physicians with respect to maintaining the confidentiality of their patients’ personal health information and outlines several circumstances where disclosure of confidential personal health information without the patient’s consent may be permissible or required by law.

The main objective of the policy review is to determine how the policy can be improved in order to ensure it reflects current practice issues, embodies the values and duties of medical professionalism, and is consistent with the College’s mandate to protect the public. The College is inviting feedback from the profession, the public and other stakeholders on the current policy.

To view further information on this consultation, and to provide your feedback click here.

Preliminary Consultation: TelemedicineFeb 22, 2013

The College’s Telemedicine policy is currently under review in accordance with the regular policy review cycle. The policy sets expectations for physicians using telecommunications technologies to create audio/visual linkages with patients in different locations, in actual or stored time.

The main objective of the policy review is to determine how the policy can be improved in order to ensure it reflects current practice issues, embodies the values and duties of medical professionalism, and is consistent with the College’s mandate to protect the public. The College is inviting feedback from the profession, the public and other stakeholders on the current policy.

To view further information on this consultation, and to provide your feedback click here.

Releasing Out-of-Hospital Premises Outcomes and Status: Draft By-lawJan 25, 2013

On December 20, 2012, the College held a special meeting of Council to approve the circulation of a proposed by-law permitting us to post the results of our Out-of-Hospital Premises Inspection Program (OHPIP) on the College website. The program, established in 2010, inspected more than 250 premises in Ontario and graded each using the following scale: pass, pass with conditions, or fail.

This by-law, if passed, would increase the transparency of this program by posting the outcomes or status of inspections that have been carried out since April 2010. In particular, this applies to only the most current outcome or status as of when the by-law comes into effect (in or around January 31, 2013) and every outcome or status thereafter.

The College is seeking feedback from both its membership and the public at large on this proposed by-law. To view further information on this consultation, and to provide your feedback click here.