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.
Policy redesign project
We are currently redesigning our policies to be clearer and more concise with a focus on enhancing their use and readability.
Redesigned policies have a new, simplified look, and draw a clearer distinction between what physicians must do and what they are advised to do.
We also created new “Advice to the Profession” companion documents, which provide general guidance and contextual information to help physicians interpret and apply the expectations set out in policy.
- 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