College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
O. Reg. 114/94 (General)
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Medicine Act, 1991
Summary of Decision:
O. Reg. 110/13 was filed on March 20, 2013 and published on e-laws on March 22, 2013. O. Reg. 110/13 amended O. Reg. 114/94 (General) made under the Medicine Act, 1991 by amending Section 9 of Part II (Advertising).
February 13, 2012
Summary of Proposal:
Posted as an Information Item:
In Ontario, the regulation of health professions is based on a self-governance model. There are 23 health regulatory colleges governing 25 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 matters, 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) to Section 9 of Part II entitled, "Advertising", under the Medicine Act, 1991. Previously the regulation required that physicians, when advertising or promoting their professional services, "clearly and prominently" include any specialist or sub-specialist information directly after their name in "unabbreviated form" or "clearly and prominently" follow their name with the term "General Practitioner". The amendments are a refinement of the regulation, allowing physicians to list academic degrees, professional certification issued by the College of Family Physicians of Canada or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and formal recognition in writing by the College as a specialist directly after their name and before their specialty or sub-specialty.
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March 20, 2013