Biological Monitoring

Missed Screens

Approved: February 11, 2008
Revised: June, 2014

The Physician Health Monitoring Program (PHMP) has established a mechanism for screening physicians under their continuing care contract.  The use of this process has been demonstrated to facilitate healthy recovery and continued recovery. Screens that are missed may reflect many issues, but generally create significant concern regarding an individual’s healthy sobriety.

Present procedure randomly or directly instructs the participating physician to attend for screening within a required time limit (usually by 4pm on the day of collection). Processing of collected samples occurs according to established protocols for the sample collected.

If unforeseen difficulties prevent the notified physician from meeting collection expectations, the physician is expected to contact the PHMP the same day to clarify circumstances and receive further direction.

If the physician does not comply with the expectation of the PHMP for collection of specimens, contact by phone or email will occur from the PHMP.  Adequate explanation is expected.  Arrangements for an immediate second collection, potentially with costs to the physician, will be made.  In addition, likely provision of screening difficulties will be reported to the Registrar or his delegate.

An annual record of screening frequency and results will be kept. A quarterly letter to the physician regarding their program participation will contain a record of their completed and missed screens.

Compliance with the screening program is considered a very important step in maintenance of healthy sobriety.


Dr. Jeremy Beach, Assistant Registrar
780-969-4940 or 1-800-561-3899 ext. 4940 (in Canada)

Leanne Minckler, Physician Health Advisor
780-969-4943 or 1-800-561-3899 ext. 4943 (in Canada)