Patient Safety

We work with physicians throughout their careers to make sure Albertans receive the best possible care

Safe care is at the core of what we do

A person is often at their most vulnerable when they need medical help and should always feel safe and secure when visiting the doctor. CPSA works closely with Alberta’s physicians throughout their careers to support them in giving patients the best care possible.

Whether it’s verifying a physician’s qualifications, implementing clear practice standards or providing education and support to physicians so they can improve the care they provide, everything we do is guided by our mandate to protect the public.

Albertans deserve high-quality health care, and CPSA is here to make sure they get it.

Our expectations of all Alberta physicians

CPSA’s Standards of Practice are the minimum standards of behaviour and conduct we expect from all physicians in Alberta. The standards are not just suggestions—every physician in Alberta is expected to know and apply these standards to their medical practice. Failing to do so can result in disciplinary action.

Under the Health Professions Act (HPA), standards are developed and updated in consultation with physicians, Albertans, the Minister of Health and other key partners. All standards must be approved by our Council before taking effect. Learn more about our consultation process.

Advice to Albertans

These are inspired by standards that are often of particular interest or concern to Albertans. Please check back often—we plan to develop more of these resources as we update our Standards of Practice.

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Physician qualifications

CPSA is responsible for making sure Alberta’s physicians have the right training, knowledge and skills to give Albertans safe and effective medical care.

In Alberta, all physicians and medical learners must be registered with CPSA. We register medical students, medical residents, physician extenders (Alberta medical residents offering semi-autonomous health care under a registered physician) and physicians.

Physicians wishing to offer telemedicine or temporary care in Alberta must also be registered with CPSA.

Physician competence

CPSA collaborates with physicians to grow their skills and improve their practice. We provide physicians with data that is specific to their medical practice, encourage them to self-reflect and identify ways they can improve, and when needed, we proactively offer customized support to address issues before patients are impacted.

We have a number of resources, tools and competence programs that are educational and supportive, designed to benefit both physicians and patients.


Albertan FAQs related to patient safety

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What is CPSA’s responsibility regarding physician assistants?

Starting April 1, 2021, CPSA will begin regulating PAs. We have long supported the physician assistant regulation, and we’ve been engaged with PAs since 2010. Currently, there are over 60 PAs who have voluntarily registered with CPSA.

What responsibilities do physician assistants have as regulated healthcare professionals?

As professionals supervised by physicians, PAs will be expected to follow all CPSA Standards of Practice and comply with CPSA continuing competence requirements.

Once under CPSA regulation, PAs will need to formally register with CPSA. If you are a PA, watch for more information about our PA registration process.

What type of education is needed to become a physician assistant?

Will physician assistants need to renew their registrations every year?

Yes, PAs will renew their registration annually.

Will there be a registration fee for PAs?

Yes, PAs will pay a fee to register with CPSA, and when renewing their registration annually. We will share fee information once it is available.

Questions for our team?

Phone: 780-423-4764
Main Fax: 780-420-0651
Toll-free: 1-800-561-3899 (in Canada)