The Council of the College approved a new policy on blood-borne pathogens on January 11, 2014. The policy is available here: [pdf]

This policy is intended to safeguard the health of both patients and physicians in relation to blood borne virus infections, and to minimize the risk of exposure to blood borne pathogens during the provision of care.

The College expects all physicians, including medical students and residents, to review and act in accordance with this policy. .

All physicians, including medical students and residents, have an ethical responsibility to know their serological status for blood borne pathogens.

All physicians, medical students, and residents who perform or assist in exposure prone procedures as defined by the policy must comply with the standards of practice set in the policy.

In the development of the policy, the College consulted with experts in infectious diseases and reviewed the BBP policies of other Canadian medical regulatory authorities. The College also considered the comments and input from and on behalf of members of the College, including physicians in the province whose practice involves exposure prone procedures.