|Licensure Renewal Myth Busting
What is the distinction between Active and Inactive licensure?
Active status means you will be or plan to be engaged in active medical practice in the province. Inactive status means you do not intend to engage in active practice in the province. If you plan to retire but wish to stay on the CPSS Register, you should select ‘Inactive’. You can maintain an inactive licence within the province for $100 or outside of the province for $300.
If I don’t plan to renew my licence for the coming year, do I still need to complete the online renewal I receive?
Yes, you may wish to click the renewal link you receive by email from the CPSS and select ‘I wish to retire at the end of the year and/or wish my registration to lapse’ on the first page and then submit it at no cost, to remain in good standing.
Do I need to submit a credit summary to CPSS every year to confirm my enrollment in a revalidation program for Renewal?
No, we only require that you upload your Completion Certificate at the end of each 5-year renewal cycle. You will be prompted by the renewal system to upload a Completion Certificate, which you can obtain from either the College of Family Physicians of Canada MainPro+ Program or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Maintenance of Certification Program. If you are not prompted by the system, then you do not need to upload and/or email us anything.
Please note: With the extensions that were provided during Covid, some of the dates in our system may be incorrect. As such, you may have been directed this year to upload a credit summary document, so that you could correct your revalidation dates. In future years, we will have an option for you to correct dates. We apologize for any confusion created by this year’s revalidation process.
Do I need to email documents related to complaints, investigations, civil claims, judgments, etc. if I’ve already submitted them the year before and nothing has changed?
No. If you have submitted documents in the previous year and nothing has changed, you do not need to resubmit or re-upload.
If I have had an inquiry or investigation that resulted in a decision that an allegation is not proved, do I still need to declare it?
No. As noted in the explanation of question 2, the CPSS does not inquire about investigations that have resulted in a decision that the allegation was not proved.
If I have or have had a complaint that was managed through Quality of Care Advisory Committee with CPSS or the Alternate Dispute Resolution Process through the SHA, do I need to declare it?
No. As noted in the explanation of question 2, you do not need to report these complaints. However, you are required to report complaints in jurisdictions outside of Saskatchewan, as well as complaints within Saskatchewan if they are addressed by a discipline process within the SHA or the CPSS.
If I have had a criminal investigation that resulted in a decision to withdraw the charge or a decision that I am not guilty, do I need to declare it?
No, but you do need to report any other criminal arrest or charge within the past two calendar years that is not resolved or has resulted in a finding other than acquittal or withdrawal.
Even if I don’t perform Exposure Prone Procedures (EPPs), assist in performing EPPs or have the potential of performing EPPs, do I need to monitor my blood borne virus status?
As set out in the policy Blood-borne Viruses: Screening, Reporting and Monitoring of Physicians/Medical Students, the CPSS encourages all physicians/medical students to know their serological status for blood-borne viruses including Hepatitis B virus (HBV), Hepatitis C virus (HCV), and/or Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The CPSS also recommends that all physicians/medical students should be immunized for HBV, unless contraindicated or there is evidence of prior immunity. However, if you do not engage in or have the potential to engage in EPPs within your medical practice, you do not need to report a seropositive status to the CPSS.
If I do perform EPPs, assist in performing EPPs, or have the potential of performing or assisting in EPPs, do I need to monitor my blood borne virus status?
Yes. If you perform EPPs, assist in performing EPPs or have the potential to perform or assist in performing EPPs within your practice, then you must be tested for HCV and HIV every three years, and must be tested annually for HBV unless confirmed immune to HBV, as required by the policy.