College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia serves the public by regulating the province’s medical profession in accordance with the Medical Act and its regulations.

All physicians in Nova Scotia must be licensed by the College in order to practise medicine in the province.

The duties of the College include:

  • Licensing qualified and competent physicians to practise medicine
  • Investigating and resolving physician-related complaints on behalf of the public
  • Monitoring and maintaining standards of practice through peer assessment
  • Developing professional standards and guidelines to support high standards of medical practice and ethical conduct​

    The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia serves the public by regulating the province’s medical profession in accordance with the Medical Act and its regulations.

    All physicians in Nova Scotia must be licensed by the College in order to practise medicine in the province.

    The duties of the College include:

    • Licensing qualified and competent physicians to practise medicine
    • Investigating and resolving physician-related complaints on behalf of the public
    • Monitoring and maintaining standards of practice through peer assessment
    • Developing professional standards and guidelines to support high standards of medical practice and ethical conduct​

    Physician Peer Review Nova Scotia

    In the practice of medicine, there is a professional expectation that physicians seek out and respond to feedback. It is a component of life-long learning, fundamental to continuous quality improvement.

    For feedback to be embraced, it has to be meaningful. For feedback to be meaningful, it has to be focused and relevant. This is the philosophy upon which the College’s new Physician Peer Review – Nova Scotia program (PPR-NS) has been built.

    As a self-regulated profession, practice assessment is a College responsibility, legislated under the provincial Medical Act. This requires the College to conduct a program of physician assessment to promote continuous quality improvement within the profession.

    PPR-NS includes direct assessment of:

    • practice processes;
    • standards of care; and
    • documentation in practice.

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