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.
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.
- Accepting New Patients
- Availability and Coverage
- Blood Borne Viruses
- Cannabis for Medical Purposes
- Closing a Medical Practice
- Complementary / Alternative Medicine
- Confidentiality of Personal Health Information
- Consent to Treatment
- 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
- Managing Tests
- 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
- 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
- Third Party Reports
- Transitions in Care
- Uninsured Services: Billing and Block Fees
- Walk-in Clinics