CPSA Appeals

About appeals

If you’re not satisfied with a CPSA decision, you may have the right to appeal the following under the Health Professions Act:

  • A Hearing Tribunal decision
  • A Physician Health Monitoring Program (PHMP) decision
  • A Medical Facility Accreditation Committee (MFAC) decision

Appeals process

How to make an appeal

The amount of time you have to make your appeal varies.

You have:

  • 30 days to appeal a Hearing Tribunal decision
  • 7 days to appeal a Physician Health Monitoring decision
  • 15 days to appeal a Medical Facility Accreditation Committee decision

Your Notice of Appeal must be in writing and clearly state what is being appealed and the reasons for requesting the appeal.

You can send your appeal to the Hearings Director by email to hearings.director@cpsa.ab.ca

Or by mail to:

College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta
2700 – 10020 100 Street NW
Edmonton, AB T5J 0N3
Attn: Hearings Director

Appeal FAQs for physicians

All FAQs

Can I introduce new evidence during my appeal?

Appeals focus on the information used to make the original decision. If you want to introduce new evidence outside of this, you must apply to the Appeal Panel.

Can a lawyer represent me?

Yes. Although it is not required, you are entitled to have legal representation.

Do I have to pay for my appeal?

If your appeal is unsuccessful, you may be responsible for the associated costs. The decision and amount is determined by the Appeal Panel.

What happens during an appeal?

After some opening remarks by the Appeal Panel Chair, you (or your lawyer) will have 60 minutes to present your submissions. The other party will then have 60 minutes to present their side. If anything comes up, you have the right to reply.

The Appeal Panel may ask questions before adjourning to deliberate in private. You will be notified of their decision in writing.

When and where does an appeal take place?

The Hearings Director schedules an appeal date that works for all parties involved. We also inform you how and when to provide written submissions to the Appeal Panel.

The appeal itself is conducted as a telephone conference call, however, you can ask (in writing) that it take place in person at CPSA.

Who can I contact for more information about appeals?

Please contact hearings.director@cpsa.ab.ca or call 780-969-4928 or 1-800-561-3899 ext, 4928 (in Canada).

Who sits on the Appeal Panel?

The Appeal Panel is made up of CPSA council members. Usually five members participate in Hearing Tribunal appeals, while three participate in PHMP and MFAC appeals. The Panel must include at least one public member of Council.

Have questions or need more information about appeals?

Phone: 780-969-4928
Toll-free: 1-800-561-3899 ext. 4928 (in Canada)

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