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Standards of Practice and Practice Guidelines

Standards of Practice and Practice Guidelines

Standard of Practice is the minimum standard of professional behaviour and ethical conduct on a specific issue expected by the College.

Practice Guideline is a recommendation developed by the College with which members should be familiar and follow whenever and wherever possible and appropriate.

Standards and Guidelines
Standards and GuidelinesAdditional Information
Accepting New Patients
Bloodborne Viruses
Boundary Violations
Closing or Taking Leave from a Medical Practice
Notification of Closure or Leave
Notification of Resignation
Physician Checklist - Closure or Leave
Complementary & Alternative Medicine
Conflict of InterestFAQs
Consent to Treatment
Continuity of Care
Disclosure of Harm
Duty to Report a Colleague FAQs
Report a Colleague - Online Form
Ending the Physician-Patient Relationship
Independent Medical Examinations
Medical Assistance in DyingModel Practice Standard
Advice to the Profession
Medical Records Documentation & ManagementFAQs
Medical/Surgical Procedures in Private Medical Facilities
Opioid Prescribing for Opioid Use Disorder
Physical Examinations
Physician Treatment of Self, Family Members, or Others Close to Them
Physician Use of Social Media
Prescribing & Dispensing Medications
Professional Responsibilities in Medical Education
Uninsured Services
Virtual CareFAQs
Withdrawal of Physician Services During Job Action

Code of Ethics

The College’s Code of Ethics defines “professional misconduct”, “conduct unbecoming a medical practitioner”, “professional incompetence” and “incapacity or unfitness to engage in the practice of medicine”.

In addition to this Code of Ethics, the Canadian Medical Association’s Code of Ethics and Professionalism has been adopted by the College as a compilation of guidelines providing a common ethical framework for physicians.

Additional Information
CMA Code of Ethics and Professionalism
By-Law 5: Code of Ethics

Mandatory Reporting

Physicians have a legal and professional obligation to maintain the confidentiality of patient information.  There are circumstances, however, where physicians are required to report particular events or clinical conditions to the appropriate government or regulatory agency.

The list below does not represent an exhaustive list of physicians’ legal responsibilities with respect to mandatory reporting.  Physicians must stay informed of their duties and should seek the guidance of legal counsel or the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA) where necessary.

Additional Information
Duty to Report a Colleague Report a Colleague - Online Form
Adult Abuse and Neglect
Child and Youth Abuse and Neglect
Gunshot and Stab Wound
Highway Traffic Act
Notifiable Diseases
Public Health Protection and Promotion Act