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Policies

One of the CPSO’s key duties as a medical regulator is to provide guidance to Ontario physicians on professionalism and issues relevant to the practice of medicine.

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We developed the Practice Guide and our policies to give guidance to the profession in providing quality health care to patients.

The Practice Guide forms the foundation for all College policies by outlining the values and principles of the profession. Policies outline specific expectations, and reflect relevant legal requirements found in legislation, regulation and by-laws.

Together, these documents serve as a benchmark against which individual physicians' conduct is evaluated.

Continuity of Care Policies

CPSO Council has approved four inter-related Continuity of Care policies. More information can be found on the Continuity of Care page.

Policies

  1. Accepting New Patients
  2. Availability and Coverage
  3. Blood Borne Viruses
  4. Cannabis for Medical Purposes
  5. Closing a Medical Practice
  6. Complementary / Alternative Medicine
  7. Confidentiality of Personal Health Information
  8. Consent to Treatment
  9. Delegation of Controlled Acts
  10. Disclosure of Harm
  11. Dispensing Drugs
  12. Ending the Physician-Patient Relationship
  13. Ensuring Competence: Changing Scope of Practice and/or Re-entering Practice
  14. Female Genital Cutting (Mutilation)
  15. Maintaining Appropriate Boundaries and Preventing Sexual Abuse
  16. Managing Tests
  17. Mandatory and Permissive Reporting
  18. Medical Assistance in Dying
  19. Medical Expert: Reports and Testimony
  20. Medical Records
  21. Methadone Maintenance Treatment for Opioid Dependence
  22. Physician Behaviour in the Professional Environment
  23. Physician Treatment of Self, Family Members, or Others Close to Them
  24. Physicians’ Relationships with Industry: Practice, Education and Research
  25. Planning for and Providing Quality End-of-Life Care
  26. Prescribing Drugs
  27. Professional Obligations and Human Rights
  28. Professional Responsibilities in Postgraduate Medical Education
  29. Professional Responsibilities in Undergraduate Medical Education
  30. Providing Physician Services During Job Actions
  31. Public Health Emergencies
  32. Telemedicine
  33. Third Party Reports
  34. Transitions in Care
  35. Uninsured Services: Billing and Block Fees
  36. Walk-in Clinics