Proposed Practice Standards:

Listed below is (are) Practice Standards to be approved by the College. As a member of the College you are invited to make representation (preferably electronic i.e email, MS Word etc.) concerning any aspect of the proposed Practice Standard. Submissions are to be sent to:  office@nsphysio  or NSCP Standards Committee, PO Box 309, Dartmouth Main, Dartmouth, NS B2Y 3Y5  PRIOR to the submission deadline in red below.

There is currently one Practice Standards to be reviewed by the membership, prior to February 10, 2017: Professional Boundaries


An Advisory Statement is issued to advise and provide guidance to practitioners on issues / practices they need to be aware of and adhere to.

A Practice Guideline is the recommended approach to a specific professional task and allows for professional judgement in decision making.

A Practice Standard is the mandated and expected performance standard for a particular task.

Advisory Statements:

Acupuncture re AFCI - 2015

Advertising - 2014

Animal Therapy - 2015

Billable Services 2017

Chart Legibility - 2014

Chart and Record Retention 2016

Cross Border Practice

Equipment Calibration - February - 2013

Fees for Accessing Personal Health Information - June 2013

Malpractice Insurance - 2000

Personal Directives Act Overview - 2010

Physiotherapy Consultant Role to WCB - 2015

Social Media - 2016

Termination of Treatment - January 2013

Practice Guidelines:

Electronic Health Information 2004

Managing Professional Boundaries - Guidelines

Medical Legal 1999

Personal Directives Act, Guidelines 2010

Personal Health Information Act - Guidelines to Understanding - 2010

Sponsorship - 2004

Telepractice Guide (Alliance) Adopted by the NSCP Board - 2006

Work Place Responsibilities for Physiotherapists - 2015

Practice Standards:

Acupuncture - 2014  See also Acupuncture Advisory re AFCI 2015, above.

Informed Consent  - 2014

Pelvic Floor Practice Standard - 2011

Phonophoresis / Iontophoresis - 2012

Practice Standards for Physiotherapists Competency Based - 2015

Professional Boundaries in a Therapeutic  Relationship - 2017

Referrals and Financial Benefits - 2012

Spinal Manipulation - 2012

Supervision and Task Assignment - 2011

Use of Title and Credentials - 2013


Nova Scotia College of Physiotherapists Code of Ethics and Rules of Conduct - 2005

Ethics and Conflict of Interest for NSCP Decision Makers

CPA Code of Ethics

Essential Competency for Physiotherapists in Canada:

Essential Competency Profile - 2009 Quick Reference

Essentail Competency Profile - 2009

Essential Competencies for Physiotherapy Assistants

Official Marks:

Official marks are words that have been registered by the Alliance with the CIPO. Physiotherapists should be aware of the following: