Procedural Privileges and Definitions

Definitions of core (Basic) and non-core (Advanced, Specific) skills may reflect a “typical practitioner”, but by no means will be able to capture the exact practice profile of every practitioner.

Basic privileges are those activities or procedures which are permitted by virtue of possessing a defined set of credentials. 

Advanced and Specific privileges
include activities and procedures which are outside of the core, which require specific training or certification. These specific characteristics may have little to do with the complexity or difficulty of any procedure. 

Privilege definitions as outlined in Section 8 of the Medical Staff Rules:

Basic Procedural Privileges

Basic privileges are privileges that are defined by the Medical Planning and Credentials Committee as Basic Procedural Privileges; these privileges are automatically granted to all Members within defined Departmental, Division or Section categories.


Advanced Procedural Privileges

The Medical Planning and Credentials Committee will define certain procedural privileges that require additional training (e.g. Anesthesia conducted by general practitioners).   These procedures may also include a group of related procedures (e.g. advanced laparoscopic general surgery) and will relate to the specific training, demonstrated expertise and current practice of the applicant member of the medical staff.


Specific Procedural Privileges

Specific Procedural Privileges require an individual application process in the following situations:

  • The introduction of a new technology for which training has not previously been available to the specialty
  • A request for privileges outside the applicant’s specialty area
  • A request by a non-Specialist for procedural privileges in a specialist area
  • A request for privileges generally not included in a specific staff category as defined in the
    Bylaws; and/or
  • Procedural privileges not included as basic or advanced privileges