New infection prevention and control general standards now in effect

December 1, 2016

Following extensive consultation and piloting, the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta’s (CPSA’s) Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Program has released standards for general infection prevention and control in private, non-governmental medical facilities not accredited by the CPSA (available at

The standards replace the Checklist for Physician’s General Office Environment and will serve to clarify the expectations of clinics in topics for which there were previously no minimum requirements.

IPAC assessors will start using the new standards immediately to address IPAC-related complaints, however, clinics will be given a grace period to comply with a few specific standards (clearly highlighted in the standards document available at

Meeting the IPAC general standards will help ensure the clinic environment in Alberta is safe for patients and staff alike.

If you or your staff has questions, please contact the IPAC Program at or 780.969.5004.

The Alberta Medical Association stands as an advocate for its physician members, providing leadership & support for their role in the provision of quality health care.