Consent to Medical Treatment (Consultation Closed)

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    The deadline to provide feedback is November 22, 2013

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    Our Process

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    The College’s Consent to Medical Treatment policy is currently being reviewed. This policy sets out expectations for physicians regarding when and how a physician can obtain a patient’s consent to treatment and what constitutes consent.

    View the current policy

    To assist with this review, we are inviting feedback from all stakeholders, including members of the medical profession, the public, health organizations and other health professionals on the current policy. Comments received during this preliminary consultation will assist the College in updating the policy. When a revised draft is developed, it will be recirculated for further comment before it is finalized by Council.


    We want to hear your thoughts on the current policy…



    Respecting patient autonomy and obtaining consent is essential to the provision of ethically and legally sound patient care. Physicians have a duty to facilitate the decision-making process and to secure consent prior to proceeding with a treatment.  This policy sets out the professional and legal requirements that physicians must meet in order to obtain valid consent.

    Have Your Say

    We would like to hear your thoughts on the current policy, along with suggestions you may have for how the policy could be improved.

    In particular, we are interested to know:

        • Does the policy provide useful guidance?
        • Are there any issues not included in the current policy that should be addressed? If so, what are they?
        • Are there other ways in which the policy should be improved?

    Please provide your feedback by November 22, 2013

    Next Steps

    The College is committed to ensuring that the Consent to Medical Treatment policy represents the expectations of the profession and is consistent with our mandate to protect the public. The feedback obtained during this preliminary consultation will be carefully reviewed by a Working Group of physician and public members of Council and will be used to evaluate the existing policy. While it may not be possible to ensure that every comment or suggested edit will be incorporated into the revised draft, all comments will be carefully considered in light of the College’s mandate to protect and serve the public interest.

    Once a revised draft policy has been developed, stakeholders will be invited to review the revised policy and provide further feedback before the policy is considered for final approval by College Council.

    To ensure transparency, the College will post all consultation feedback in accordance with our posting guidelines.

    We value your feedback and thank you again for participating in our policy review process.


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    Send us your feedback by mail:

    College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
    80 College Street
    Toronto, Ontario

    Attention: Policy Department