On Nov. 1, 2018, the Government of Canada’s new Monitoring of Medical Assistance in Dying Regulations came into effect. Requests in progress before Nov. 1, 2018 are not subject to the new rules.
Physicians and nurse practitioners are now required to file reports at each step in the process, including when they receive a request. Pharmacists who dispense any substance for medical assistance in dying will also be required to report basic information.
To streamline reporting:
The AHS Care Coordination Service will collect data on behalf of the Medical Assistance in Dying Regulatory Review Committee for reporting to the Minister of Alberta Health and Health Canada. As well as making it easier for practitioners, this process will provide a safeguard against non-compliance with the regulations, enacted under the Criminal Code.
Practitioners are also required to submit specific information to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner within 24 hours of the patient’s death.
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