The Collège des médecins du Québec is the professional order of physicians in Québec. Its mission is to promote quality medicine so as to protect the public and to help improve the health of Quebecers.
The Collège is one of 45 orders constituting the Québec professional system, 25 of which represent professionals working in the health sector. The system was created in the 1970s to oversee professional practice and to ensure the protection of the public. The Professional Code and the Medical Act determine the responsibilities of the Collège and specify the mechanisms required to assume these.
Even before these laws were passed the Collège used many means to fulfill a professional order’s mandate, among them, mandatory membership for all physicians, a code of ethics, and a highly effective disciplinary council. It now has elaborate mechanisms, a staff of approximately 100 and a considerable budget coming entirely from membership dues. Its present structures reflect both its collegial nature and the functions it must fulfill as a professional order.