Regulation - LGIC

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario

Regulation Number(s):
O.Reg. 114/94
O.Reg. 449/10
Instrument Type:
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Summary of Decision:
O. Reg. 449/10 was filed on December 3, 2010 and published on e-laws on December 7, 2010. O. Reg. 449/10 amended O. Reg. 114/94 (General) made under the Medicine Act, 1991 by amending Section 9 of Part II (Advertising).
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
Posting Date:
January 26, 2011
Summary of Proposal:
Posted as an Information Item:

In Ontario, the regulation of health professions is based on a self-governance model. There are 21 health regulatory colleges governing 23 health professions under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA) and their respective health profession Acts. Health regulatory colleges operate at arm’s length from the provincial government and independently administer their own internal processes.

Under the RHPA and the Medicine Act, 1991, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) is responsible for governing the profession of medicine in Ontario. Under these Acts, the CPSO has the authority to make regulations on a variety of subject matter, including the use of titles and descriptive terms respecting members’ practices in advertising their services. The regulations are subject to the prior review by the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and the approval of the Lieutenant Governor in Council.

In accordance with these authorities, the CPSO made amendments to O. Reg. 114/94, (General) amends Section 9 of Part II entitled, “Advertising”, under the Medicine Act, 1991 governing the use of specialist titles. Through these amendments, the CPSO has set rules for physician communications with the public which will ensure that physician credentials are conveyed in a clear, accurate and consistent manner.
Contact Address:
Contact: General Inquiries
Phone: 416- 967-2603
Toll Free: 1-800-268-7096 Ext. 603
Address: 80 College St. Toronto ON M5G 2E2
Effective Date:
December 3, 2010