Consultation

Ensuring our expectations for medical practice are helpful, reasonable and clear.

Last consultation

Consultation 020: Cannabis for Medical Purposes

Feedback was gathered on our Cannabis for Medical Purposes standard from Feb. 16-March 17, 2021, thank you to everyone who participated. The revised standard took effect on July 1, 2021: find it here.

Stay tuned for Consultation 021, coming later in 2021.

About CPSA consultations

In Alberta, we are entrusted with the responsibility of profession-led regulation, which means physicians and physician assistants play an important role in developing CPSA’s Standards of Practice.

Our standards are reviewed every five years and amended as necessary to ensure they are clear, concise and meet the needs of both the profession and Albertans. Before creating new standards, we give careful consideration to whether a standard of practice is the most appropriate way to address issues or concerns with medical practice.

Before Council votes to approve new or amended standards, CPSA is required under the Health Professions Act (HPA) to formally request feedback. During our consultation period, physicians, physician assistants, Albertans, government and other interested parties (such as Alberta Health, the Alberta Medical Association and other health regulators) are also invited to participate.

Consultation process

Upcoming consultations

Please note, the following plan is flexible and subject to change:

Consultation 021

Outcomes from past consultations

See all outcomes

Consultation 020: Feb. 15-March 18, 2021

  • Cannabis for Medical Purposes
    • Reissued July 1, 2021

    Consultation 019: Sept. 15-Oct. 15, 2020

    • Closing or Leaving a Medical Practice
      • Reissued Jan. 1, 2021
    • Job Action
      • Reissued Jan. 1, 2021
    • Relocating a Medical Practice
      • Reissued Jan. 1, 2021

    Consultation 018: June 15-Aug. 15, 2020

    • Advertising
      • Reissued Jan. 1, 2021
    • Conflict of Interest
      • Reissued Jan. 1, 2021
    • Practising Outside of Established Conventional Medicine (formerly Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
      • Reissued Jan. 1, 2021

    Consultation 017: Dec. 2-Jan. 31, 2019

    • Duty to Report a Colleague (incorporating Duty of Treating Physicians or Physicians Working in the Context of a Provincial Health Program to Report a Physician to the College)
      • Oct. 1, 2020
    • Duty to Report Self (formerly Self-Reporting to the College)
      • Reissued Oct. 1, 2020

    Consultation 016: March 11-May 10, 2019

    • Code of Ethics
      • Outcome: Reissued July 1, 2019

    Consultation 015: Dec. 10-16, 2018

    • Boundary Violations: Sexual
      • Issued April 1, 2019
    • Boundary Violations: Personal (formerly Boundary Violations)
      • Reissued (name change only) April 1, 2019

    Consultation 014: Oct. 1-Dec. 1, 2018

    • Safe Prescribing for Opioid Use Disorder
      • Issued April 1, 2019
    • Alberta MMT Standards & Guidelines for Dependence
      • Rescinded April 1, 2019

    Consultation 013: Oct. 2-Dec. 2, 2017

    • Responsibility for a Medical Practice (formerly Direction and Control of a Medical Practice)
      • Reissued July 1, 2018
    • Boundary Violations (formerly Sexual Boundary Violations)
      • Reissued July 1, 2018
    •  Practice in Association
      • Rescinded July 1, 2018

    Consultation 012: Oct. 12-Dec. 12, 2016

    • Job Action
      • Reissued April 2017
    • Prescribing: Administration (formerly Prescribing)
      • Reissued (name change only) April 1, 2017
    • Prescribing: Drugs with Potential for Misuse or Diversion
      • Issued April 1, 2017
    • Supervision of Restricted Activities
      • Reissued April 1, 2017

    Consultation 011: April 6-June 7, 2016

    • Collaboration in Patient Care, Completing Discharge Summaries, and Continuous Professional Development
      • Rescinded Sept. 2016
    • Referral Consultation (formerly the Referral Consultation process)
      • Reissued Jan. 1, 2017
    • Transfer of Care
      • Reissued Oct. 1 2016

    Consultation 010: Jan. 7-March 7, 2016

    • Medical Assistance in Dying
      • Issued June 2016
    • Conscientious Objection (formerly Moral or Religious Beliefs Affecting Medical Care)
      • Reissued June 2016
    • Informed Consent
      • Reissued June 2016
    • Assessing the Mental Capacity of a Patient
      • Rescinded June 2016

    Consultation 009: July 14-Sept. 11, 2015

    • Patient Record Content
      • Reissued Jan. 2016
    • Patient Record Retention
      • Reissued Jan. 2016
    • Prescribing
      • Reissued March 2016

    Consultation 008: Mar 23-May 21, 2015

    • Advertising (formerly Advertising by Regulated Members)
      • Reissued Oct. 2015
    • Conflict of Interest (formerly Conflict of Interest Involving Financial or Personal Gain by Physicians)
      • Reissued Oct. 2015
    • Human Health Research (formerly Health Human Research Ethics Review)
      • Reissued Oct. 2015

    Consultation 007: Nov. 25, 2014-Jan. 23, 2015

    • Continuity of Care (formerly After-Hours Access to Care and Preventing Follow-Up Care Failures)
      • Reissued June 11, 2015
    • Episodic Care
      • Reissued June 11, 2015
    • Establishing the Physician-Patient Relationship (formerly Establishing… in Office-Based Settings)
      • Reissued June 11, 2015

    Consultation 006: Nov. 26, 2013-Jan. 24, 2014

    • Marihuana for Medical Purposes
      • Issued April 3, 2014
    • Telemedicine
      • Reissued June 5, 2014
    • CPSA Code of Conduct
      • Reissued June 5, 2014

    Consultation 005: Sept. 15-Nov. 15, 2013

    • Charging for Uninsured Professional Services
      • Reissued Sept. 9, 2014
    • Relocating a Medical Practice
      • Issued Jan. 9, 2014
    • Duty of Treating Physicians and Physicians Working in the Context of a Physician Health Program to Report a Physician to the College
      • Issued Jan. 9, 2014
    • Terminating the Physician-Patient Relationship in Office-Settings
      • Reissued Jan. 9, 2014
    • Closing or Leaving a Medical Practice
      • Reissued Jan. 9, 2014
    • Alberta Methadone Maintenance Treatment Standards & Guidelines for Dependence
      • Reissued Jan. 3, 2014

    Consultation 004: Nov. 15-May 15, 2012

    • Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Program Rules
      • Issued Sept. 1, 2012
    • Health Human Research Ethics Review
      • Issued Sept. 1, 2012

    Consultation 003: Sept. 15-Nov. 15, 2011

    • Physician Health Monitoring Program Rules
      • Issued Dec. 2, 2011
    • Assessment and Competency Enhancement Program Rules
      • Issued Dec. 2, 2011

    Consultation 002: March 15-May 15, 2011

    • Advertising by Regulated Members
      • Reissued July 1, 2011
    • Patient Records
      • Reissued July 1, 2011
    • Episodic Care
      • Issued July 1, 2011
    • Physician Prescribing Practices Program Rules and Terms of Reference
      • Issued Sept. 9, 2011

    Consultation 001: Spring 2010

    • Self-Reporting to the College
      • Reissued Sept. 1, 2012
    • Duty to Report a Colleague
      • Reissued Sept. 1, 2012
    • Physician Achievement Review (PAR) Program Rules
      • Reissued March 15, 2010

Questions about the consultation process? Contact our Standards of Practice Advisor.

Phone: 780-969-4987
Toll-free: 1-800-561-3899 ext. 4987 (in Canada)

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.