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Benzodiazepine Prescribers Must Register with the NSPMP

October 17, 2018

Unregistered physicians prescribing benzodiazepines must now register with the Nova Scotia Prescription Monitoring Program (NSPMP). Effective Saturday October 20th, the NSPMP will integrate benzodiazepines prescribing data into its monitoring. Benzodiazepines prescriptions will continue to be written on regular prescription pads (duplicate pads are not required).

If you are one of the few physicians not yet registered, your prescriptions for benzodiazepines will be held, to the detriment and inconvenience of your patients. Please register today.

Real-time data on your patients’ use of benzodiazepines and other controlled substances available through the NSPMP portal will inform your prescribing decisions. Many are aware that the opioid crisis is misnamed. It is, in fact, an overdose crisis. The majority of overdose deaths in Nova Scotia involve benzodiazepines, usually in combination with opioids. Read More

Council Approves New and Revised Professional Standards and Guidelines

October 17, 2018

At its October meeting, the Council of the College approved the following new professional standards and guidelines: Professional Standards and Guidelines Reducing the Size of a Medical PracticeProfessional Standards and Guidelines Regarding Physician Use of Social Media, and Professional Standards and Guidelines Regarding Duty to Report Health Professionals. Read More


Disciplinary Decisions & Interim Licence Sanctions

College Announces Decision Regarding Dr. Richard Heinrichs

September 25, 2018

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia hereby gives notice that as a result of a complaint made by the Registrar Dr. D.A. (Gus) Grant and pursuant to the Nova Scotia Medical Act, Dr. Richard Heinrichs has agreed to a reprimand issued by the College.

Summary of Decision



Licensed Physicians in Nova Scotia as of May 31, 2018

Licence Type Total
Full Licence 2,236
Defined Licence    102
Academic Licence      63
Clinical Assistant      24
Restricted Licence      14
Defined Licence – Term        1
Total 2,440

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


Upcoming Events:


Conversations on Collaborative Family Practice Team Hosted by the NSHA

Atlantic Pain Conference

Dal Med150 Celebration Gala

The Prescribing Course: Safe Opioid Prescribing For Chronic Non-Cancer Pain

92nd Annual Dalhousie Fall Refresher

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