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.
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.
- Accepting New Patients
- Blood Borne Viruses
- Cannabis for Medical Purposes
- Complementary / Alternative Medicine
- Confidentiality of Personal Health Information
- Consent to Treatment
- Criminal Record Screening
- Delegation of Controlled Acts
- Disclosure of Harm
- Dispensing Drugs
- Ending the Physician-Patient Relationship
- Ensuring Competence: Changing Scope of Practice and/or Re-entering Practice
- Female Genital Cutting (Mutilation)
- Maintaining Appropriate Boundaries and Preventing Sexual Abuse
- Mandatory and Permissive Reporting
- Medical Assistance in Dying
- Medical Expert: Reports and Testimony
- Medical Records
- Methadone Maintenance Treatment for Opioid Dependence
- Physician Behaviour in the Professional Environment
- Physician Treatment of Self, Family Members, or Others Close to Them
- Physicians’ Relationships with Industry: Practice, Education and Research
- Planning for and Providing Quality End-of-Life Care
- Practice Management Considerations for Physicians Who Cease to Practise, Take an Extended Leave of Absence or Close Their Practice Due to Relocation
- Prescribing Drugs
- Professional Obligations and Human Rights
- Professional Responsibilities in Postgraduate Medical Education
- Professional Responsibilities in Undergraduate Medical Education
- Providing Physician Services During Job Actions
- Public Health Emergencies
- Test Results Management
- Third Party Reports
- Uninsured Services: Billing and Block Fees