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Council Approves Revised Professional Standards

At its December meeting, the Council of the College approved the following revised professional standards:

Physicians are expected to stay current with professional standards and guidelines. The complete catalogue of professional standards and guidelines is available any time to all physicians on the College website.

Notice of Hearing Regarding Dr. Sarah Jones

Pursuant to the Medical Act, a Hearing Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia will convene to consider allegations of professional misconduct, incompetence, conduct unbecoming and incapacity regarding Dr. Sarah Jones. The Hearing will be held at the offices of McInnes Cooper on a date to be determined.

Notice of Hearing

Disciplinary Decisions (View All)


Licensing Statistics as of Aug. 31, 2018

*This data represents a physician head count, not a total of full-time equivalent practising physicians. Read More

Licence Type Total
Full Licence 2,298
Defined Licence      88
Academic Licence      66
Clinical Assistant      23
Restricted Licence      16
Defined Licence – Term        1
Total 2,492


The Nova Scotia Practice Ready Assessment Program (NSPRAP) is an assessment program for international medical graduates (IMGs) who have completed residencies in family medicine outside of Canada and are unable to meet Nova Scotia licensing requirements.

Candidates who successfully meet eligibility requirements for Defined licence and pre-screening requirements may be referred to the NSPRAP for a practice ready assessment.

For more information, please contact

Upcoming Events:

The Prescribing Course – Safe Opioid Prescribing

The Canadian Conference on Medical Education

Canadian Conference on Physician Leadership

About the College

The College’s 2017 Annual Report (PDF – 32 pages)

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

Strategic Plan: 2018 – 2019
2017 Annual Report & Financial Statements