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College announces June 15, 2015 decision regarding Dr. Stephen Harley

A Hearing Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia has accepted the 2015 Settlement Agreement advanced by the College and Dr. Stephen Harley and recommended by an Investigation Committee of the College pursuant to section 51 of the Medical Act.

Dr. Harley has admitted to breaching the 2013 Settlement Agreement with the College and that such breach constitutes professional misconduct within the meaning of the Medical Act. Dr. Harley has consented to the revocation of his licence to practise medicine in Nova Scotia. The revocation is effective as of November 3, 2014, the date when Dr. Harley admitted his breach to the College.

Dr. Gus Grant Elected President of FMRAC

Dr. Gus Grant has been elected President of the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada (FMRAC). Dr. Grant, AB, LLB, CCFP, is the Registrar and CEO of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia.

FMRAC is a national organization with the provincial and territorial medical regulatory authorities as its members. FMRAC develops positions and policies on issues relating to the regulation of medicine in Canada.

Video of Panel Discussion Regarding Physician-Assisted Dying

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia hosted the panel discussion, “The Moral and Professional Implications of the Supreme Court Decision on Physician-Assisted Dying” on May 22, 2015 at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The panel was moderated by Dr. Gus Grant, Registrar and CEO of the College. Panelists were Jocelyn Downie, Dr. Rocco Gerace, Dr. Jeff Kirby and Dr. Nuala Patricia Kenny.



Learn about opioids for pain management at

The Prescribing Course: Safe Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain - September 12th in Halifax

Atlantic Pain Conference 2015  - October 16th in Halifax

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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

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‚Äč

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

Building Bridges, the CPSNS 2014 Annual Report