About the CPSA Standards of Practice

The CPSA Standards of Practice are the minimum standards of professional behavior and good medical practice Alberta physicians are expected to meet. The standards of practice complement the Code of Ethics and are used as a reference in reviewing complaints against physicians.

The College developed the standards of practice to be in compliance with the Alberta Health Professions Act (available at Alberta Queen’s Printer), omnibus legislation intended to provide consistency in how the health professions are regulated.

Yes. Based on ongoing feedback from physicians, the public, government and other key groups, the College may decide to amend a standard of practice at any time. The College also reviews the standards on a 3-year cycle.

College staff members draft new standards of practice and amendments to existing standards of practice with input from experts, College committees and Council. With Council’s approval, draft standards of practice are sent out for formal consultation with physicians, the Minister of Alberta Health, other regulated health professions, medical faculties and other interested parties.

Council takes all feedback into consideration before accepting and approving new or amended standards of practice.

Draft new and amended standards of practice are sent to every physician registered in Alberta and the Minister of Alberta Health for feedback. Council also invites feedback from:

  • medical faculties at the University of Alberta and University of Calgary
  • Alberta Health Services
  • Alberta Medical Association
  • other regulated health professions in Alberta
  • Canadian medical regulatory authorities in other provinces and territories
  • Canadian Medical Protective Association
  • other organizations as appropriate to the topic under review

Council takes all feedback into consideration before accepting and approving new or amended standards of practice.

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