Private office sign
Section 7-5 of the College Bylaws
Registrants practising in a private office are required to post a sign or provide written notice to patients that the physicians and surgeons practising in that location are licensed and regulated by the College.
Frequently asked questions
The medical director is responsible for ensuring the sign is posted in a clinic or facility setting.
The sign is generic, i.e. registrant's name will not be on the sign.
Registrants do not need to bring their own sign to each clinic or community health centre as a locum. The medical director is responsible for ensuring the sign is posted in a clinic or facility setting.
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 registration status, and document it in the patient’s record.
The sign is only a requirement for community-based clinics and 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.
Does the College check for compliance?
Yes, the Physician Practice Enhancement Program (PPEP) asks for this information during the office assessment.