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Medical Assistance in Dying

Category: Medical Practice
Under Review: No
Issued by Council: June 2016



  1. A regulated member who receives, considers or fulfils a written request for medical assistance in dying must do so in accordance with legislation.
  2. A regulated member who provides medical assistance in dying must:
    1. discuss and agree on a plan with the patient that considers:
      1. the patient’s wishes regarding when, where and how the medical assistance in dying will be provided, including the presence of the regulated member and any additional support;
      2. an alternate plan to address potential complications; and
      3. the patient’s choice to rescind the request at any time, including immediately before the provision of medical assistance in dying;
    2. collaborate with the pharmacist dispensing the medication(s); and
    3. after the patient’s death, notifyi the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
  1. A regulated member who receives an inquiry from a patient with respect to medical assistance in dying must ensure that contact information for the Alberta Health Services medical assistance in dying care coordination service is provided to the patient, or to another person identified by the patient, without delay.
  2. A regulated member who receives an oral or written request from a patient for medical assistance in dying and who declines for reasons of conscience or religion to provide or to aid in providing medical assistance in dying must ensure that reasonable access to the Alberta Health Services medical assistance in dying care coordination service is provided to the patient without delay.
  3. A regulated member may prescribe a drug for use in medical assistance in dying only if the drug has been recommended for the use by the Alberta Health Services medical assistance in dying care coordination service.
  4. A regulated member who provides medical assistance in dying must keep records in the form and manner required by the Minister confirming that the requirements of these standards, and any other standards or legislation applicable to medical assistance in dying, were met.
  5. A regulated member who provides medical assistance in dying must, without delay, provide a member of the Medical Assistance in Dying Regulatory Review Committee designated by the Committee with copies of the records referred to in section 6.
  6. In these standards, “medical assistance in dying” means:
    1. the administering by a regulated member of a substance to a person, at their request, that causes their death; or
    2. the prescribing or providing by a regulated member of a substance to a person, at their request, so that they may self-administer the substance and in doing so cause their own death.

i. The regulated member will not sign the death certificate. The Chief Medical Examiner will determine the cause and manner of death. 




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Chantelle.Brigden@cpsa.ab.ca