Under Alberta’s Health Professions Act, the College conducts formal consultations prior to making changes to the CPSA Standards of Practice, Code of Conduct and rules for member participation in specific programs, such as Continuing Competence programs.

We want to hear from you

The practice of medicine is self-regulated. That means our members play an important role in setting and meeting the CPSA Standards of Practice.

Physicians are invited to provide feedback during a 60-day consultation period before Council votes to approve new or amended standards or program rules. Government, the public and other interested parties are also asked for comment:

  • University of Alberta and University of Calgary medical faculties
  • Alberta Health Services
  • Alberta Medical Association
  • Alberta’s other regulated health professions
  • Canadian medical regulatory authorities in other provinces and territories
  • Canadian Medical Protective Association
  • additional organizations, as applicable

All  feedback is provided (non-nominally) to Council for consideration prior to approving the standards.

Our 5-Year Plan

To ensure the CPSA Standards of Practice are clear, concise and continue to meet physician and patient needs in a changing health care environment, the College has a 5-year plan to review and refresh the standards.

  1. College Council approves drafts of new and amended documents for consultation.
  2. Consultation is open for 60 days. Physicians and stakeholders are invited to participate through notices sent by email and in the College’s newsletter The Messenger.
  3. Feedback may be provided:
  • Online: Contributors can use a web form to submit comments and have the option to request publication on the website. The College reviews all comments before publication to ensure there is no offensive language, personal attacks or unsubstantiated allegations.
  • Email
  • Mail: College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta
    2700 – 10020 100 Street NW
    Edmonton, AB T5J 0N3 Canada
  1. Consultation feedback is collated and incorporated into the draft documents, and both are brought to Council for review.
  2. College Council considers the feedback and approves the draft documents, as presented or with revisions.
  3. Council approval is announced in The Messenger newsletter. New or amended documents generally take effect the following month, with updates posted on the College website and in The Messenger newsletter, and email notification to consultation participants.
There is currently no consultation in progress. The next consultation is planned for fall 2017.
Consultation 012 October 12-December 12, 2016 Outcome
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 Ressued April 1, 2017
Consultation 011 April 6-June 7, 2016 Outcome
Completing Discharge Summaries Rescinded Sept 2016
Referral Consultation (formerly the Referral Consultation process) Reissued Jan 1, 2017
Transfer of Care Reissued Oct 1 2016
Consultation 010 January 7 – March 7, 2016 Outcome
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 – September 11, 2015 Outcome
Patient Record Content Reissued Jan 2016
Patient Record Retention Reissued Jan 2016
Prescribing Reissued Mar 2016
Consultation 008 Mar 23 – May 21, 2015 Outcome
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 Outcome
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 0006 Nov 26, 2013 – Jan 24, 2014 Outcome
Marihuana for Medical Purposes  Issued April 3, 2014
Telemedicine  Reissued June 5, 2014
CPSA Code of Conduct  Reissued June 5, 2014
Consultation 0005 Sept 15, 2013 – Nov 15, 2013 Outcome
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 0004 Nov 15, 2012 – May 15, 2012 Outcome
Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Program Rules  Issued Sept 1, 2012
Health Human Research Ethics Review Issued Sept 1, 2012
Consultation 0003 Sept 15, 2011 – Nov 15, 2011 Outcome
Physician Health Monitoring Program Rules Issued December 2, 2011
Assessment and Competency Enhancement Program Rules Issued December 2, 2011
Consultation 0002 Mar 15 – May 15, 2011 Outcome
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 0001 Spring 2010 Outcome
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

Your feedback is welcome at any time

Providing feedback about proposed revisions to the CPSA Standards of Practice, Code of Conduct and program rules helps College Council strike the appropriate balance between serving patient needs and setting reasonable expectations for physicians.

To provide feedback outside the formal consultation period, please contact Chantelle Brigden as indicated below.


Chantelle Brigden
780-969-4987 or 1-800-561-3899 ext. 4987 (in Canada)