Duties: As a Member of the Profession to the Public

Participating in Self-Regulation

Physicians have been granted the privilege of self regulation. Society allows physicians to regulate themselves in return for the covenant that this regulation will occur in the public interest. The social contract between the public and the profession places certain responsibilities on the physician as an individual, with respect to his or her colleagues and with respect to collective involvement for the best interests of patients and the community. Meeting these responsibilities requires efficient and appropriate governance and a reliable system of accountability. It is not enough for physicians to accept regulation. To ensure the continuity of self-regulation, each physician should, along with the College, participate in the self-regulatory process.

The goal of regulation is to serve the public by ensuring the best quality care for patients in Ontario. Both the College and individual physicians have a responsibility to ensure quality care by continually improving skills and behaviour as well as responding to concerns around practice/behaviour.

The responsibility for maintaining medical professionalism lies with physicians themselves. Acting in concert with his or her peers, each physician contributes to defining the expectations or standards of the profession as a whole. Individually, each physician upholds those standards in his or her own actions. Fulfillment of this duty is essential to self-regulation.

Relevant Policies, Publications and Resources

Cooperation with the College

Professional Misconduct Regulation under the Medicine Act

Mandatory Reporting

Physicians with Blood Borne Pathogens

Disclosure of Harm

Criminal Record Screening

Re-entering Practice

Changing Scope of Practice

Professional Responsibilities in Postgraduate Medical Education

Professional Responsibilities in Undergraduate Medical Education

Proposed Revalidation Program

Ethical Recruitment of International Medical Graduates

Registration Policies


Guidelines for Supervision