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Ethics and professional affairs

What are the values and commitments to which our profession aspires? What are our obligations to patients, our medical colleagues and society? How do we define the ethical practice of medicine?

In 2017 the CMA began asking these questions — consulting with hundreds of members online and in person — to develop a modern understanding of medical professionalism, reflecting physicians’ evolving roles and professional responsibilities.

The Code of Ethics and Professionalism

In 2016, a Taskforce started working on a revised version of the Code of Ethics to reflect the evolving role of the physician in the changing landscape of medicine.

Following extensive conceptual and empirical research, scholarship and consultation, the new Code of Ethics and Professionalism was approved in December 2018.

The Charter of Shared Values

The Charter of Shared Values 

The Charter of Shared Values is the first resource to be released, and it represents physicians’ commitments to each other, in support of a unified profession. It is based on the belief that physicians achieve success when they share a set of common values, virtues and principles.

For questions or comments, please contact the Director of Ethics and Professional Affairs, Cécile Bensimon, PhD, at