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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.


Top 5 Recently Accessed Policies

  1. Medical Records Management
  2. Transitions in Care
  3. Availability and Coverage
  4. Managing Tests
  5. Mandatory and Permissive Reporting


  1. Accepting New Patients
  2. Advertising
  3. Availability and Coverage
  4. Blood Borne Viruses
  5. Boundary Violations
  6. Cannabis for Medical Purposes
  7. Closing a Medical Practice
  8. Complementary / Alternative Medicine
  9. Consent to Treatment
  10. Delegation of Controlled Acts
  11. Disclosure of Harm
  12. Dispensing Drugs
  13. Ending the Physician-Patient Relationship
  14. Ensuring Competence: Changing Scope of Practice and/or Re-entering Practice
  15. Female Genital Cutting (Mutilation)
  16. Managing Tests
  17. Mandatory and Permissive Reporting
  18. Medical Assistance in Dying
  19. Medical Expert: Reports and Testimony
  20. Medical Records Documentation
  21. Medical Records Management
  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. Protecting Personal Health Information
  31. Providing Physician Services During Job Actions
  32. Public Health Emergencies
  33. Telemedicine
  34. Third Party Reports
  35. Transitions in Care
  36. Uninsured Services: Billing and Block Fees
  37. Walk-in Clinics