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Retroactive Licensing

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In accordance with the Medical Act, the purpose and duties of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia (the College) are to serve and protect the public interest in the practice of medicine, and to preserve the integrity and maintain public confidence of the medical profession in the ability of the College to regulate the practice of medicine.


All physicians must hold a medical licence to engage in the practice of medicine in Nova Scotia. This policy applies to all medical registers and all licence types in Nova Scotia.


It is the policy of the College that no licences will be made retroactive for any reason.

Applicable Legislation: Sections 2(a)(b) and 5(c)(i) of the Medical Act

Approved by: Deputy Registrar

Approval Date: January 19, 2022

Review Date: January 2025