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Alternative Pathways When Documents Not Available

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There may be occasions when applicants are not able to provide certain documents (medical diploma, specialty certificates, proof of postgraduate training). In some instances this may be due to reasons such as loss by natural disaster, war-torn countries, institution no longer exists, etc. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia will strive to obtain confirmation of these documents using alternative pathways or methods where available. Applicants must provide evidence to support claims of unavailable documents.

Policy Statement

  1. We recognize there are situations when documents are not available.
  2. The burden is on the applicant to provide evidence to explain why documents are not available.
  3. The College retains the right to exercise discretion in processing application missing necessary but unavailable information.


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Approval date

February 7, 2017

Review date

February 2019