January 04, 2022

Required private office signage FAQ

With the approval of section 7-5 of the College Bylaws, registrants practising in a private office will be required starting in January 2022 to post signage, or provide written notice to patients, that the physicians and surgeons practising in that location are licensed and regulated by the College. Here are answers to frequently asked questions to help registrants meet the requirements of section 7-5 of the College Bylaws. 

Where can registrants obtain the signage?
The signage will be available to download and print as part of the 2022 annual licence renewal process. Registrants will also be able to download the signage at any time throughout the year by logging in to the College website (practice information tab).

Does every registrant working in a private multi-physician clinic or facility need to display their own sign? 
In a clinic or facility setting, the facility’s medical director is responsible for ensuring the signage is posted in the facility. The signage will be generic, i.e. individual physicians will not be named on the signage. 

Do registrants have to print and carry their own sign if they work as a locum in different clinics and facilities?
Registrants will not have to bring their own sign to each clinic or community health centre as a locum. In a clinic or facility setting, the facility’s medical director is responsible for ensuring the signage is posted in the facility. 

Do registrants who see patients virtually in their home need to display the sign in their home? What about registrants who make home or long-term care facility visits? 
In these types of situations, registrants do not need to carry or display the sign. They may inform a patient verbally of their name, location and licensure status, and document it in the patient’s record. 

Are facilities affiliated with a health authority required to display the signage?
The sign is only a requirement for private facilities (including private surgical and diagnostic facilities) not affiliated with a health authority. While it is not a requirement for clinics and facilities affiliated with a health authority, they may display the sign if they wish as it provides patients confidence that the physician or surgeon they are seeing is registered, qualified, competent and fit to practise.