Standards, Policies and Guidelines

Alphabetical List Type Adopted Amended Next Review
Assisted Reproductive Technology Standard Sep-12 - Under Review
Canadian Guideline for Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain (2017)  -  NEWLY ENDORSED Guideline  Sep-17    
Clinics that Provide Care to Patients Who Are Not Regular Patients of the Clinic Policy  Mar-15   Mar-18
College Newsletter (Editorial Policy) - REVISED Policy Dec-92 Nov-17 Mar-18
Confidentiality of Patient Information
Nov-14    Nov-19 
Conflict of Interest Guideline  Mar-14   Mar-19 
Conscientious Objection  Policy   Sep-15    
Contents and Access to Information in Physician's College Files Policy Jul-93 Mar-15 Mar-20
Hepatitis B C HIV-Infected Physicians Policy Apr-06    
Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Guidelines for Clinical Office Practice Guideline Jun-16
Informed Consent and Determining Capacity to Consent    Policy Sep-11 Mar-17 Mar-22
Licensure of Physicians to Work in Limited Roles Policy Nov-07 Sep-10 Sep-13
Medical Assistance in Dying 
Mar-17 Sep-19
Medical Examinations by Non-Treating Physicians (NTMEs) Guideline Jun-01 Sep-16 Sep-21
Medical Practice Coverage Policy 2007 Jun-15 Jun-20
Medical Practice Observation/Experience  Guideline  Mar-17   -  Mar-22
Methadone Prescribing  Policy Dec-00 Jan-17 Jan-20
Patient-Physician Communication  Guideline Apr-07 Mar-17 Mar-22
Patient-Physician Communication Guidelines using Electronic Communication Guideline Jun-12 Jun-15 Jun-18
Patient-Physician Relationships   Guideline Apr-07 Sep-16 Sep-21
Patients Who Threaten Harm to Themselves or Others
Mar-15    Mar-18 
Physician Disclosure of Adverse Events and Errors that Occur in the Course of Patient Care  Policy Apr-02 Jun-16 Jun-21
Physicians Accessing Patient-Specific Information from the Pharmacy Information Program (PIP) Policy Jun-05 Sep-15 Sep-20
Physicians and Health Care Emergencies  Guideline Sep-09 Jan-17 Jan-22
Physicians at Risk to Patients  Policy Dec-96 Jun-16 Jun-21
Physician Certification of Work Absence or Accommodation Due to Illness or Injury and Completion of Third Party Forms  Policy  Jun-16  Sept-16  Jun-21
Physician Obligations Regarding Medical Certification of Death  
1994   Mar-16  Mar-21
Physicians/Surgeons Leaving Practice Policy Jun-05 Sep-16 Sep-21
Providing Care to Employees or Co-workers  - REVISED Guideline Jun-12    Nov-22
Public Access to Council Meetings Policy Aug-98 Mar-15 Mar-20
Public Access to Council Documents and Redaction of Sensitive Information Contained Therein   Policy Jun-16 n/a Jun-21
Renewal Questions - Use of Information by the College Policy Nov-06 Nov-10 Nov-13
Role of Legal Counsel, Investigation of Possible Unprofessional Conduct or Lack of Skill and Knowledge   Policy Sep-07 June-17 Jun-22
Saskatchewan Opioid Substitution Therapy Guidelines and Standards   Standard  Mar-15  Jun-17  Jun-22
Scope of Practice Change Policy 
Sexual Boundaries  Policy   Jan-13    
Standards for Primary Care
Supervision of Postgraduate Clinical Trainees - UNDER REVIEW Guideline Jan-12 - Jan-17
The Practice of Telemedicine  Policy Nov-07 Nov-16 Nov-16
Transfer of Patient Records  Guideline  Jul-02  Nov-14 Nov-19 
Ultrasound for Non-Medical Reasons Policy Nov-09 Sep-10 Sep-13
Unplanned Pregnancy  Guideline May-91 Jan-17 Jan-22
Unproven and Unconventional Treatment  Standard 1995 Jun-16 Jun-21
Withdrawal of Physician Services During Job Action Policy Dec-99 Sep-10 Under Review

Standards are formal requirements established by the College with which members must comply. They supplement the College’s bylaws and mandate clinical and/or ethical standards in relation to defined areas of practice.

Policies contain requirements set by the Council of the College to supplement the Act and Bylaws. Policies are formal positions of the College in relation to defined areas of practice with which members must comply. The Council also sets policies on registration, administration, and governance of the College.


Guidelines describe practices that are generally recommended by the Council of the College as part of providing quality medical care in a professional manner. Physicians licensed with the College are encouraged to follow these recommended courses of action and should exercise reasonable discretion in their decision-making based on this guidance.