Duties: As a Member of the Profession to the Public


Physicians must be aware of their reporting obligations and be truthful and forthright in their reports, whether in the context of patient charting, recording of research results, or providing expert information to third parties (i.e., the court, WSIB, insurance companies).

Physicians have a legal and professional duty to keep information about their patients private and confidential. However, under certain circumstances, physicians are required by law, or expected by the College, to report particular events or patient conditions to the appropriate government or regulatory agency. These are ‘mandatory reports’, and are an acceptable breach of patient privacy and confidentiality for a greater societal good.

Relevant Policies, Publications and Resources

Confidentiality of Personal Health Information

Mandatory Reporting

Medical Records

Physicians with Blood Borne Pathogens

Prescribing Drugs

Third Party Reports