Practice Standards and Professional Guidelines

The College develops Practice Standards and Professional Guidelines 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 the College's Practice Standards and Professional Guidelines. The Practice Standards and Professional Guidelines are reviewed regularly and may be 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. 

The Practice Standards and Professional Guidelines serve as a benchmark against which the conduct of individual physicians is measured. 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.

By Nature of Advice

CMA Code of Ethics

Positions and Initiatives (White papers and joint statements)

By Topic

Accreditation Programs