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.