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Two Weeks Remaining To Renew Your Medical Licence & Corporation Permit

November 15, 2018

Annual renewal of your medical licence and corporation permit is now open online.

Avoid late fees, renew before end of the day November 30, 2018. Read More

Notice of Hearing Regarding Dr. Sarah Jones

November 7, 2018

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 & Interim Licence Sanctions

College Announces Decision Regarding Dr. William Vitale

A Hearing Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia has approved the Consent Revocation Agreement resulting in the revocation of Dr. Vitale’s registration and medical licence pursuant to section 105 of the Medical Practitioners Regulations.

Consent Revocation Agreement
Hearing Committee Decision

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 Scot

Licensing Statistics as of Aug. 31, 2018i as of May 31, 2018

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

*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

Health Law and Policy Seminar

The Prescribing Course – Safe Opioid Prescribing

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