Responding to Third Party Requests

Under Review: No
Issued by Council: January 1, 2010


  1. A physician must provide details of his or her findings, assessment, advice and treatment given to a patient, when requested by the patient or an authorized agent or required to do so by law.
  2. When responding to requests in subsection (1) for information about a patient, a physician must respond to the authorized request as soon as possible, generally within thirty (30) days of receiving the request, in one of the following ways:
    1. providing the information requested
    2. acknowledging the request and giving an estimated date for providing the information requested, or
    3. explaining why all or part of the information will not be provided.
  3. Notwithstanding subsection (1), a physician is not obligated to:
    1. provide a report containing a medical-legal opinion,
    2. provide an expert opinion, or
    3. become an expert witness in a legal proceeding.
  4. Notwithstanding subsection (1), if the request is made under a contractual agreement, physicians must comply with the specifics of that agreement.


The CPSA Standards of Practice are 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 will be referenced in the management of complaints and in discipline hearings. About the CPSA Standards of Practice

Contact

For archived standards, policies and guidelines:
Chantelle.Brigden@cpsa.ab.ca