Request for Certificates and Other Documents


Policy – Disclosure of Information in Certificates of Professional Conduct

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan deals with complaints received about physicians in three different ways:

1.  Where the complaint includes allegations which, if true, discloses evidence of lack of competence or unprofessional conduct by a physician, the matter is referred to a formal investigation to determine whether the physician may lack the skills and knowledge to practice (a competency committee) or to investigate whether the physician may be guilty of unbecoming, improper, unprofessional or discreditable conduct (a preliminary inquiry committee).

2.  Where the complaint includes allegations which, if true, may indicate that the physician has provided substandard care or has engaged in substandard behaviour (rudeness of a less substantial nature, for example) the complaint is dealt with by the Complaints Resolution and Advisory Committee. The goal of this committee is to determine whether the physician provided substandard care or engaged in behaviour that was not appropriate and to provide advice to the physician if that is established. The committee has no power to order sanctions or to require the physician to take any specific action. Its powers are recommendatory only.

3.  Occasionally, as a result of agreement involving the complainant, the physician, and the College of Physicians and Surgeons a mediated agreement will result in resolution of the complaint with the consent of all three parties. Certificates of Status prepared by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan:

1.  Will provide the physician’s credentials that are relevant to the grant of the licence as recorded with the College of Physicians and Surgeons.  
2.  Will provide the dates for which licences were granted to the physician, and the types of licences that were granted.
3.  Will disclose all formal investigations of lack of competence or unprofessional conduct, whatever the outcome of the investigation.
     Information will be provided about investigations that are currently underway and investigations that concluded no further action was warranted.
4.   Will disclose all formal charges of unprofessional conduct against the physician. Information about charges withdrawn or dismissed at a hearing will
      be included.
5.   Will disclose information about any sanctions imposed against the physician as a consequence of a finding of unprofessional conduct.
6.   Will disclose information about any findings of lack of competence, and any remedies imposed as a result of such a finding.
7.   Will disclose any restrictions upon the physician’s practice imposed by the College of Physicians and Surgeons.
8.   Will not disclose information about complaints where the Executive Committee, after review, has concluded that there are not reasonable grounds to believe
      that a physician may lack skill and knowledge, or that there are not reasonable grounds to believe that a physician may be guilty of unprofessional
      conduct unless the Registrar determines that such information should be released under paragraph 11 below.
9.   Will not disclose information about complaints dealt with by the Complaints Resolution Advisory Committee. The committee is viewed as a quality
      assurance committee and the results of its investigation are protected by section 60(2) of The Medical Profession Act, 1981
10.  May, in the discretion of the Registrar, include the outcome of a complaint that has been successfully mediated.
11.  May, in the discretion of the Registrar, include additional information that may be relevant to the licensure of a physician.

PRIOR TO SUBMITTING THIS FORM:
Please be aware that the period of validity for a Certificate of Professional Conduct varies at the discretion of the jurisdiction or organization to which it is submitted.  
To avoid extra costs, PLEASE VERIFY with your chosen recipient that the expected DATE OF ISSUE of the certificate will coincide within their established period of validity from the date of issue.  For example:  Alberta - 90 days, British Columbia - 60 days, and Nova Scotia - 45 days (please verify)

Allow 10 to 15 business days for your certificate to be issued
Certificate of Professional Conduct Request Form - PDF Fillable
Certificate of Professional Conduct Request Form - Word

Send all requests and inquiries concerning Certificates of Professional Conduct to:  cpssreg-cpc@cps.sk.ca




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