Standards, Policies and Guidelines

Alphabetical List Type Adopted Amended Next Review
Assisted Reproductive Technology Standard Sep-12 Nov-15 Nov-20
Canadian Guideline for Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain (2017)   Guideline Sep-17    
Clinics that Provide Care to Patients Who Are Not Regular Patients of the Clinic  Policy Mar-15 Mar-18 Mar-23
College Newsletter (Editorial Policy)  Policy Dec-92 Mar-18 Mar-23
Complementary and Alternative Therapies   Policy
Jun-18 Jun-23
Confidentiality of Patient Information
Nov-14    Nov-19 
Conflict of Interest - AMENDED Guideline Mar-14 Sep-19 TBD
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-18 Sep-23
Medical Assistance in Dying  
Nov-18 Nov-21
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Methadone Prescribing -  SEE Opioid Agonist (OATP) Prescribing Policy Dec-00 Nov-18 Rescinded
Opioid Agonist Therapy Standards and Guidelines   Standard/Guideline Nov-18    Nov-22
Opioid Agonist Therapy (OAT) Prescribing   Policy  Nov-18 Mar-19 Nov-21
Patient-Physician Communication  Guideline Apr-07 Mar-17 Mar-22
Patient-Physician Communication Guidelines using Electronic Communication - UNDER REVIEW 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 Mar-23 
Performing Office-based Insured Procedures   Policy Sept-18  - Sept-21
Performing Office-based Non-insured Procedures  - AMENDED Policy Sept-18 Sept-19 Sept-21
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-19 Mar-21
Physicians/Surgeons Leaving Practice Policy Jun-05 Sep-16 Sep-21
Providing Care to Employees or Co-workers   Guideline Jun-12 Nov-17 Nov-22
Professional Responsibilities in Postgraduate and Undergraduate Education   Policy  Mar-18 n/a Mar-23
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-18 Nov-23
Role of Legal Counsel, Investigation of Possible Unprofessional Conduct or Lack of Skill and Knowledge   Policy Sep-07 June-17 Jun-22
Sale of Products by Physicians  Policy Mar-19   Mar-22
Saskatchewan Opioid Substitution Therapy Guidelines and Standards  - SEE Opioid Agonist Therapy Standards and Guidelines Standard Mar-15 Mar-18 Rescinded
Scope of Practice Change Policy 
Sexual Boundaries - UNDER REVIEW Policy  Jan-14   Jan-19
Standards for Primary Care
The Practice of Telemedicine - UNDER REVIEW 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 Nov-18 Nov-23
Uninsured Services - NEW Policy   Sep-19   Sep-22
Unplanned Pregnancy  Guideline May-91 Jan-17 Jan-22
Unproven and Unconventional Treatment  - SEE Complementary and Alternative Therapies Standard 1995 Jun-18 Rescinded
Withdrawal of Physician Services During Job Action Policy Dec-99 Mar-16 Mar-21
Website Terms of Use and Privacy Policy Sep-19    TBD

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.