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Standards of Practice

All health-care providers should be aware of their legal and regulatory requirements. The provincial medical assistance in dying team has developed an Overview for Health-care Providers.

NOTE: Federal reporting requirements for medical assistance in dying are in effect as of November 1, 2018. The Regulations for the Monitoring of Medical Assistance in Dying (the Regulations) require physicians, nurse practitioners, and pharmacists to provide information related to requests for, and the provision of, medical assistance in dying (MAiD). This applies to/includes:

  • Physicians and nurse practitioners who have received a written request* for MAiD and
  • Pharmacists who have dispensed a drug for the purpose of MAiD

Any written request* received on or after November 1, 2018 may trigger reporting requirements under the new regulations. Verbal requests and/or discussions do NOT require reporting.

*A patient’s written request may take any form (text, email, paper) – it does not have to be in the format required by the Criminal Code as a safeguard when MAiD is provided (i.e., duly signed, dated and witnessed) to require reporting. It must, however, be an explicit request for MAiD and not just an inquiry about MAiD or a request for information.

The following documents provide brief overviews of the reporting requirements. Please refer to the Health Canada website for full details. You may also contact the provincial Medical Assistance in Dying team for more information.

MAiD related policy and protocols

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