Our Complaints Process

Whichever process we use to resolve complaints, our goal is to ensure the public receives safe and effective medical care from competent physicians.

When we receive a written complaint, our Complaints Director reviews it and considers if it is within our mandate to resolve. If it is within our mandate, the Complaints Director then decides how best to proceed based on options outlined in the Health Professions Act, including:


Direct Resolve

Direct Resolve is an informal resolution process best suited for single-issue complaints usually related to practice management or explanation of a medical decision. With this process, the College takes a step back and encourages the physician to work directly with the complainant to resolve the matter.

Direct Resolve brochure for complainants
Direct Resolve brochure for physicians

Resolve with Consent

Resolve with Consent is an informal resolution process most effective when a physician needs to make a change to their practice, yet the complaint seems fairly straightforward. In this case, the College will work directly with the physician to make necessary practice changes. Agreement from the complainant is required to proceed with this approach.

Resolve with Consent brochure for complainants
Resolve with Consent brochure for physicians

Investigation

An investigation is a formal process used when informal resolution fails or when more information is necessary to fully understand the issue(s). An investigation is also mandatory for complaints involving a serious allegation of unprofessional conduct.

Investigation brochure for complainants
Investigation brochure for physicians

Dismissal

After careful review of all the information submitted, the Complaints Director also has the option to dismiss a complaint due to insufficient evidence or if the complaint is trivial or vexatious in nature. If the College’s Complaints Director dismisses a complaint, the complainant can request a review of that decision.

Need more information before deciding to lodge a complaint? See our FAQs.


Contact

Complaints Line: 1-800-661-4689 (in Canada)
complaints@cpsa.ab.ca*

*Email cannot be used to file a complaint. Please see File a Complaint.