Knowing the difference between the College’s professional standards and guidelines

The College develops Professional Standards and Guidelines to assist physicians in meeting high standards of medical practice and conduct.

Professional standards are akin to policy, reflecting the minimum standard of professional behaviour and ethical conduct expected by the College of all registrants. 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.

Professional guidelines describe a recommended course of action based on the values, principles and duties of the medical profession. Physicians are expected to exercise reasonable discretion in their decision making based on the guidance provided.

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