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

  1. Accepting New Patients
  2. Blood Borne Viruses
  3. Complementary/Alternative Medicine
  4. Confidentiality of Personal Health Information
  5. Consent to Treatment
  6. Delegation of Controlled Acts
  7. Disclosure of Harm
  8. Ending the Physician-Patient Relationship
  9. Female Genital Cutting (Mutilation)
  10. Fetal Ultrasound for Non-Medical Reasons
  11. Interim Guidance on Physician-Assisted Death
  12. Maintaining Appropriate Boundaries and Preventing Sexual Abuse
  13. Physician Behaviour in the Professional Environment
  14. Physician Treatment of Self, Family Members, or Others Close to Them
  15. Physicians and Health Emergencies
  16. Physicians’ Relationships with Industry: Practice, Education and Research
  17. Planning for and Providing Quality End-of-Life Care
  18. Professional Obligations and Human Rights
  19. Providing Physician Services During Job Actions
  20. Test Results Management

Administrative

Drug/Prescribing

Education

Registration

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