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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.

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Top 5 Recently Accessed Policies

  1. Medical Records Management
  2. Ending the Physician-Patient Relationship
  3. Mandatory and Permissive Reporting
  4. Uninsured Services: Billing and Block Fees
  5. Medical Records Documentation


  1. Accepting New Patients
  2. Advertising
  3. Availability and Coverage
  4. Boundary Violations
  5. Cannabis for Medical Purposes
  6. Closing a Medical Practice
  7. Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  8. Conflicts of Interest and Industry Relationships
  9. Consent to Treatment
  10. Decision-Making for End-of-Life Care
  11. Delegation of Controlled Acts
  12. Disclosure of Harm
  13. Dispensing Drugs
  14. Ending the Physician-Patient Relationship
  15. Ensuring Competence: Changing Scope of Practice and/or Re-entering Practice
  16. Human Rights in the Provision of Health Services
  17. Managing Tests
  18. Mandatory and Permissive Reporting
  19. Medical Assistance in Dying
  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. Prescribing Drugs
  25. Professional Responsibilities in Medical Education
  26. Protecting Personal Health Information
  27. Providing Physician Services During Job Actions
  28. Public Health Emergencies
  29. Social Media
  30. Third Party Medical Reports
  31. Transitions in Care
  32. Uninsured Services: Billing and Block Fees
  33. Virtual Care
  34. Walk-in Clinics