The College develops Practice Standards, Professional Guidelines and Legislative Guidance to assist physicians in meeting high standards of medical practice and conduct. The topics addressed focus on specific issues that are relevant to the practice of medicine. Physicians are encouraged to become familiar with these documents and review them regularly as they are routinely updated over time.
A practice standard reflects the minimum standard of professional behaviour and ethical conduct on a specific topic or issue expected by the College of all physicians in British Columbia. Standards also reflect relevant legal requirements and are enforceable under the Health Professions Act, RSBC 1996, c.183 (HPA) and College Bylaws under the HPA.
A professional guideline reflects a recommended course of action established based on the values, principles and duties of the medical profession. Physicians may exercise reasonable discretion in their decision making based on the guidance provided.
Legislative guidance provides physicians with assistance in navigating legislation applicable to medical practice. These documents are meant to be used as a helpful resource and should be read in conjunction with the legislation they refer to.
Physicians seeking specific advice or clarification on any of the documents or other professional matters should contact the College and make an appointment to speak with a member of the College's registrar staff.
- Access to Medical Care
- Advertising and Communication with the Public
- Blood-borne Viruses in Registrants
- Boundary Violations in the Patient-Physician Relationship
- Cannabis for Medical Purposes
- Care Coverage Outside Regular Office Hours
- Changing Registration Status to Temporarily Inactive During an Absence from Medical Practice
- Charging for Uninsured Services
- Complementary and Alternative Therapies
- Conflict of Interest
- Disclosure of Adverse or Harmful Events
- Ending the Patient-Physician Relationship
- Independent Medical Examinations
- Injection of Botulinum Toxin, Dermal Fillers and Venous Sclerotherapy
- Job Shadowing/Observing
- Laser Safety for Physician Practice
- Leaving Practice
- Medical Assistance in Dying
- Medical Certificates and Other Third-party Reports
- Medical Records, Data Stewardship and Confidentiality of Personal Health Information
- Physical Examinations and Procedures
- Prescribing Methadone
- Primary Care Provision in Walk-in, Urgent Care and Multi-physician Clinics
- Promotion and Sale of Medical Supplies and Devices
- Provision of Prescriptions for Ocular Refraction
- Reporting a Child in Need of Protection
- Requests from Defence Lawyers
- Safe Prescribing of Opioids and Sedatives
- Sale and Dispensing of Drugs
- Treating Self, Family Members and Those with Whom You Have a Non-professional Relationship
- Withdrawal of Physician Services
Professional Guidelines Legislative Guidance