Substance Use and Behavioural Disorders


Approved: October 3, 2012
Revised: June, 2014

The College recognizes physicians being monitored may need to travel outside their home environment and practice area and exceptional processes and procedures may be required.

In general:

  1. travel will be actively discouraged in the first three months of monitoring and rehabilitation,
  2. travel is not recommended in the first six months of monitoring and rehabilitation,
  3. travel is discouraged during periods of time that may be deemed high-risk for the particular physician.

Physicians who are undergoing toxicology testing will be required to provide a specimen immediately before travel and immediately after.

Monitored physicians are required to notify their Physician Health Program Coordinator[1] of the intention to travel a minimum of two weeks prior to the expected date of travel. The travelling physicians will provide their Program Coordinator the following:

  1. Travel itinerary, places of stay and daytime and evening contact phone numbers
  2. Travel companion(s), the companion’s contact information, and whether companion(s) has knowledge of their rehabilitation status and monitoring requirements by the CPSA, and
  3. Foreseeable risks and opportunities that the travel may present, along with a reasonable plan of action to mitigate potential risks.

The Physician Health Program Coordinator will require travelling physicians to develop a safe travel plan which may include:

  1. Providing notification to sponsors and treating physicians of travel arrangements
  2. Obtaining knowledge and contacts of local  abstinence meetings and/or other resources for support at the destination(s)
  3. Arrangements for phone-in contact with the Physician Health Program Coordinator, and
  4. Travel kits for screening purposes and/or local screening facilities.

At the conclusion of travel, the physician may be requested by the Physician Health Program Coordinator to provide a statement of the risks and opportunities encountered during the travel, as well as the mechanisms used to maintain successful rehabilitation. Travelling physicians will also be required to report any instances of relapse to their Program Coordinator so that current rehabilitation efforts and future travel plans can be modified to enhance the monitored physician’s ability to maintain health.


[1] The Physician Health Program Coordinator is that individual mandated by the CPSA through the Assistant Registrar to assist physicians in meeting the conditions of their treatment agreements with the CPSA.

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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)