Practice Standards & Guidelines

The standards and guidelines are developed by the College to set the minimum expectations and establish how occupational therapists  should practice.  They support professional practice by:

Current practice standards and guidelines:

Practice Standard: Recording Keeping

Practice Standard: Conflict of Interest

Practice Guideline: Informed Consent

Practice Guideline: Assigning Service Components to Support Personnel 

Practice Guideline: Social Media

Practice Guideline: Scope of Practice

Practice Guideline:  Virtual Care

Guide to Supervised Practice

Code of Ethics

The Code of Ethics establishes the values and principles to which the College expects occupational therapists to adhere.  Occupational therapists are expected to be familiar with this code and to integrate it into their day-to-day practice. 

Occupational therapists in Nova Scotia are expected to be familiar with and adhere to the values and principles established by The Code of Ethics in their day-to-day practice. 

Code of Ethics

Guide to the Code of Ethics

Competencies for Occupational Therapists

Competency documents describe the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that are required for an occupational therapist to practice safely, effectively, and ethically. They set the professional standards for developing entry to practice requirements and continuing competency requirements. These are developed nationally by the Association of Canadian Occupational Therapy Regulatory Organizations (ACOTRO) and are considered the standards for occupational therapists in any province in Canada.

Essential Competencies of Practice for Occupational Therapists in Canada, 3rd edition - CURRENT

Competencies for Occupational Therapists (Implementation - 2023)