Policy

One of the College’s key duties as a medical regulator is to provide guidance to Ontario physicians on professionalism and on specific issues that are relevant to the practice of medicine. This guidance is outlined in the Practice Guide and in College policies. These are developed by the College to assist the profession in providing quality health care and to ensure that the interests of patients – the citizens of Ontario – are protected.

The Practice Guide is the foundational document for all College policies. It outlines the values and principles of the profession; provides assistance to the profession in determining specific duties and the reasons for those duties; and organizes the existing policies of the College within a principled framework and provides a basis for new policy development. policy image

College policies (listed below) outline more specific guidance on issues and are grounded in the values, principles and duties of medical professionalism articulated in the Practice Guide. They also reflect relevant legal requirements found in legislation, regulation and by-laws.

Together, the Practice Guide and College policies reflect the expectations for the professional conduct of physicians practicing in Ontario. In addition to providing guidance to the profession, the Practice Guide and policies serve as a benchmark against which the conduct of individual physicians is measured.

Policies

Practice

Administrative

Drug/Prescribing

Education

Registration

  1. Academic Registration
  2. Acceptable Qualifying Examinations
  3. Alternative to the MCCQE 2 Examination
  4. Alternatives to Degrees in Medicine from Schools Listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools Published by the World Health Organization
  5. Canadian Citizenship / Permanent Resident Status Exemption
  6. Changing Scope of Practice
  7. Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine
  8. One year Canadian Practice Experience Exemption
  9. Ontario-Quebec Agreement
  10. Pathway 1 – Canadian Medical Degree and Postgraduate Training without RCPSC or CFPC Certification
  11. Pathway 2 – IMG with Canadian Postgraduate Training without RCPSC or CFPC Certification
  12. Pathway 3 – U.S. or Canadian Medical Degree or Doctor of Osteopathy with U.S. Postgraduate Training
  13. Pathway 4 – IMG with US Postgraduate Training and Certification
  14. Postgraduate Education Term for Clinical Fellows
  15. Pre-Entry Assessment Program Exemption
  16. Recognition of Certification without Examination Issued by CFPC
  17. Re-entering Practice
  18. Residents Working Additional Hours for Pay
  19. Restricted Certificate of Registration for Exam Eligible Candidates
  20. Specialist Recognition Criteria in Ontario

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  1. Academic Registration
  2. Acceptable Qualifying Examinations
  3. Accepting New Patients
  4. Alternative to the MCCQE 2 Examination
  5. Alternatives to Degrees in Medicine from Schools Listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools Published by the World Health Organization
  6. Anabolic Steroids, Substances and Methods Prohibited in Sport
  7. Block Fees and Uninsured Services
  8. Blood Borne Viruses
  9. Canadian Citizenship / Permanent Resident Status Exemption
  10. Changing Scope of Practice
  11. Complementary / Alternative Medicine
  12. Confidentiality of Personal Health Information
  13. Consent to Treatment
  14. Criminal Record Screening
  15. Delegation of Controlled Acts
  16. Disclosure of Harm
  17. Dispensing Drugs
  18. Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine
  19. Ending the Physician-Patient Relationship
  20. Female Genital Cutting (Mutilation)
  21. Fetal Ultrasound for Non-Medical Reasons
  22. Maintaining Appropriate Boundaries and Preventing Sexual Abuse
  23. Mandatory and Permissive Reporting
  24. Marijuana for Medical Purposes
  25. Medical Assistance in Dying
  26. Medical Expert: Reports and Testimony
  27. Medical Records
  28. Methadone Maintenance Treatment for Opioid Dependence
  29. One year Canadian Practice Experience Exemption
  30. Ontario-Quebec Agreement
  31. Pathway 1 – Canadian Medical Degree and Postgraduate Training without RCPSC or CFPC Certification
  32. Pathway 2 – IMG with Canadian Postgraduate Training without RCPSC or CFPC Certification
  33. Pathway 3 – U.S. or Canadian Medical Degree or Doctor of Osteopathy with U.S. Postgraduate Training
  34. Pathway 4 – IMG with US Postgraduate Training and Certification
  35. Physician Behaviour in the Professional Environment
  36. Physician Treatment of Self, Family Members, or Others Close to Them
  37. Physicians and Health Emergencies
  38. Physicians’ Relationships with Industry: Practice, Education and Research
  39. Planning for and Providing Quality End-of-Life Care
  40. Postgraduate Education Term for Clinical Fellows
  41. Practice Management Considerations for Physicians Who Cease to Practise, Take an Extended Leave of Absence or Close Their Practice Due to Relocation
  42. Pre-Entry Assessment Program Exemption
  43. Prescribing Drugs
  44. Professional Obligations and Human Rights
  45. Professional Responsibilities in Postgraduate Medical Education
  46. Professional Responsibilities in Undergraduate Medical Education
  47. Providing Physician Services During Job Actions
  48. Recognition of Certification without Examination Issued by CFPC
  49. Re-entering Practice
  50. Residents Working Additional Hours for Pay
  51. Restricted Certificate of Registration for Exam Eligible Candidates
  52. Specialist Recognition Criteria in Ontario
  53. Telemedicine
  54. Test Results Management
  55. Third Party Reports