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. Canadian Citizenship/Permanent Resident Status Exemption
  5. Changing Scope of Practice
  6. Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine
  7. Ontario-Quebec Agreement
  8. Pathway 1 – Canadian Medical Degree and Postgraduate Training without RCPSC or CFPC Certification
  9. Pathway 2 – IMG with Canadian Postgraduate Training without RCPSC or CFPC Certification
  10. Pathway 3 – U.S. or Canadian Medical Degree or Doctor of Osteopathy with U.S. Postgraduate Training
  11. Pathway 4 – IMG with US Postgraduate Training and Certification
  12. Postgraduate Education Term for Clinical Fellows
  13. Pre-Entry Assessment Program Exemption
  14. Recognition of Certification without Examination Issued by CFPC
  15. Re-entering Practice
  16. Residents Working Additional Hours for Pay
  17. Restricted Certificate of Registration for Exam Eligible Candidates
  18. 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 Pathogens
  8. Buprenorphine Hydrochloride for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence
  9. Canadian Citizenship/Permanent Resident Status Exemption
  10. Changing Scope of Practice
  11. Complementary/Alternative Medicine
  12. Confidentiality of Personal Health Information
  13. Conflict of Interest: Recruitment of Subjects for Research Studies
  14. Consent to Medical Treatment
  15. Criminal Record Screening
  16. Decision-making for the End of Life
  17. Delegation of Controlled Acts
  18. Disclosure of Harm
  19. Dispensing Drugs
  20. Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine
  21. Ending the Physician-Patient Relationship
  22. Female Genital Cutting (Mutilation)
  23. Fetal Ultrasound for Non-Medical Reasons
  24. Maintaining Appropriate Boundaries and Preventing Sexual Abuse
  25. Mandatory and Permissive Reporting
  26. MD Relations with Drug Companies
  27. Medical Expert: Reports and Testimony
  28. Medical Marijuana
  29. Medical Records
  30. Methadone Maintenance Treatment for Opioid Dependence
  31. Ontario-Quebec Agreement
  32. Pathway 1 – Canadian Medical Degree and Postgraduate Training without RCPSC or CFPC Certification
  33. Pathway 2 – IMG with Canadian Postgraduate Training without RCPSC or CFPC Certification
  34. Pathway 3 – U.S. or Canadian Medical Degree or Doctor of Osteopathy with U.S. Postgraduate Training
  35. Pathway 4 – IMG with US Postgraduate Training and Certification
  36. Physician Behaviour in the Professional Environment
  37. Physicians and Health Emergencies
  38. Physicians and the Ontario Human Rights Code
  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 Responsibilities in Postgraduate Medical Education
  44. Professional Responsibilities in Undergraduate Medical Education
  45. Providing Physician Services During Job Actions
  46. Recognition of Certification without Examination Issued by CFPC
  47. Re-entering Practice
  48. Release of Physician Information in Batch Form
  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
  55. Treating Self and Family Members