Mandatory and Permissive Reporting Draft Policy
The CPSO Mandatory Reporting policy is under review in accordance with our regular policy review process. The policy sets out the circumstances under which physicians are required or permitted to report particular events or clinical conditions to the appropriate government or regulatory agency.
Key Features of the Revised Draft
The mandatory reporting obligations of physicians are defined by statute. The draft policy captures previously pending statutory amendments that are now in force, and provides updated statutory references.
The policy title and preamble have been revised to reflect the overall content of the policy.
Under Permissive Reports, the section formerly titled Incapacity has been replaced with Physician Incapacity and Incompetence to provide a more complete representation of this ethical responsibility.
The structure and content of the policy has been reorganized to increase clarity, flow and readability.
Have Your Say
The College is inviting feedback from the profession, the public and other stakeholders on the revised policy.
To ensure transparency and encourage an open dialogue, feedback received is posted on our website in accordance with the posting guidelines.
All feedback is carefully considered by the College’s Executive Committee and Council before the final version of the policy is determined.
The deadline to provide feedback on the draft is August 3rd, 2012.
The Council of the CPSO kindly asks that you pay particular attention to the Physician Incapacity and Incompetence section of the draft policy under Permissive Reports. This section outlines the expectation that physicians take appropriate action when they have reasonable grounds to believe another physician or health care professional is incapacitated or incompetent. Council recognizes the importance of ensuring language utilized in this section is sufficiently strong, given the potential risk to patient safety in the event that a report is not made. We would appreciate your thoughts on this section of the policy.