Latest News


Office Closure

The College will be closed on Monday, February 15th for Nova Scotia Heritage Day. The College will re-open on Tuesday, February 16th at 8:00 a.m.

Disciplinary Decisions

College Announces Decision Regarding Dr. Rayan Alhazmi of Halifax, NS

January 18th, 2016

The Hearing Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia has accepted a Settlement Agreement advanced by the College and Dr. Rayan Alhazmi and recommended by an Investigation Committee of the College pursuant to section 51 of the Nova Scotia Medical Act.

Dr. Alhazmi has admitted professional misconduct and has consented to a reprimand, a licence suspension for 12 months (retroactive to October, 2014, and deemed served), and ongoing restrictions on his licence to practice medicine, the details of which are outlined in the Summary of the Decision, below.

Summary of decision

College Announces Decision Regarding Dr. Donald Haigh of Halifax, NS

December 17th, 2015

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia hereby gives notice that as a result of a complaint and pursuant to the Nova Scotia Medical Act, Dr. Donald Haigh has agreed to a reprimand issued by the College.

Summary of Decision 


College News

Nominations for the College's Gold-Headed Cane Award Open Until March 9th

February 11th, 2016

Do you know of a Nova Scotia physician who exemplifies professionalism? If so, consider nominating your colleague for the College's 2016 Gold-Headed Cane Award for Professionalism in the Practice of Medicine.


The award recognizes an outstanding community-based physician who exemplifies professionalism in service to their patients, profession and community.


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Nominations for College Council Now Open

February 3rd, 2016

The election of a Councillor to the Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia in 2016 is required in the following electoral districts:

• District #1 - The counties of Antigonish, Guysborough, Inverness, Richmond, Victoria and Cape Breton
• District #3 - The counties of Yarmouth, Shelburne, Queens and Lunenburg
• District #4 - The counties of Hants, Kings, Annapolis and Digby

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Supreme Court of Canada Grants Extension for Physician-Assisted Death

January 15th, 2016

The Supreme Court of Canada has approved in part an application of the Attorney General, granting an extension of 4 months before the taking into effect of its decision on physician-assisted death. The decision allows for patients to apply to court for physician assistance in dying during the period of extension. As well, the Court does not disturb the coming into effect of Quebec's legislation on end of life care.

Decision granting extension



New Resources:

 The above poster, produced for physicians, clearly lays out the expectations of both patients and their physicians, when opioids are prescribed. It can be downloaded here.

Prescribing Opioids for Pain Management
The College has compiled a list of resources to support good opioid prescribing in your practice.


Complaints & Investigations: FAQs

The College has an important responsibility to investigate complaints filed by members of the public about physicians licensed to practise medicine in Nova Scotia. Learn more about the complaint process


Upcoming Events:

The Prescribing Course: Safe Opioid Prescribing
for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain

February 27th, 2016 in Halifax

Atlantic Mentorship Network Annual Conference
A Conference in the Community:
Pain & Addiction in Vulnerable Populations
March 4th, 2016 in Halifax

About the College

About the College

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 policies and guidelines to support high standards of medical practice and ethical conduct

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia's 2015-2016 Strategic Plan

Building Bridges, the CPSNS 2014 Annual Report