Physicians are responsible for knowing and enacting CPSA standards in their practice. These standards are requirements set by the College, with consultation and guidance from physicians, members of the public and other healthcare professionals.
The CPSA Standards of Practice, along with the CPSA Code of Conduct and the Code of Ethics, outline the minimum standards of professional behaviour and ethical conduct expected of all physicians registered in Alberta. Standards of practice are enforceable under the Health Professions Act and are referenced in complaints resolution and discipline hearings. Any proposed new or amended standards are subject to a formal consultation process.
The Alberta Methadone Maintenance Treatment Standards & Guidelines for Dependence guides physicians in the use of methadone to treat patients diagnosed with an Opioid Dependence Disorder (ODD).
Advice to the Profession
The College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) provides advice to the profession to support physicians in implementing the CPSA Standards of Practice. This advice does not define a standard of practice, nor should it be interpreted as legal advice.
Rules govern how members participate in the College’s continuing competence assessments. The Registrar and the Competence Committee may recommend rules or amendments to the rules to Council.
Any changes to the rules or amendments by Council must be made available to all regulated members for review 30 days or more before establishing the changes.