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Defined Licence – Route to Full Licensure

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Defined Licences will not be granted or renewed unless the applicant has demonstrated a clear path to full licensure to the satisfaction of the Registrar.

In addition to other criteria, the applicant for Defined Licensure must demonstrate eligibility for certification. Provisional eligibility will not satisfy the Registrar.

The pathway to full licensure will be mapped out with the applicant during the application process. The applicant must meet all requirements in the pathway within the time limits outlined in order for the Defined licence to be renewed.

A Defined Licence is a conditional licence subject to a term. Defined Licences are renewed annually or at the expiration of their term.

The duration of the term will be determined by the Registrar at the time of issuance. The College will only allow a physician to hold a Defined Licence for a maximum of sixty (60) consecutive months from the date of initial issuance.

EXCEPTIONS may be granted under the following three circumstances:

  1. Where the route to full licensure is uncertain.
    Applicants whose certifying eligibility, with the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), is uncertain may be granted a temporary Defined Licence in order to determine eligibility at the discretion of the Registrar. This licence may be issued once for up to a maximum of twelve (12) consecutive months.
  2. Where the applicant is enrolled in a formal clinical fellowship program acceptable to the College.
    This exemption will be in effect only for the duration of the Fellowship and permits the licence holder to practice only within the confines of the Fellowship.
  3. Where the applicant will be licensed in Nova Scotia with academic standing. Refer to policy Academic Standing for Licensure.

This policy is effective as of January 1st, 2017. Physicians licensed before January 1st, 2017 will be held to the general and specific policies and language in place upon their initial licensure.


Approved By

Registration Committee

Executive Committee

Approval Date

November 10, 2016

November 15, 2016

Review Date

November 2017