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. To learn more about how we develop policies, see our animated Infographic, How Are CPSO Policies Developed?

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