The Personal Health Information Act (PHIA) governs the collection, use, disclosure, retention, disposal and destruction of personal health information.
PHIA was proclaimed on December 4, 2012 and came into force on June 1, 2013.
The Act recognizes both the right of individuals to protect their personal health information and the need of custodians to collect, use and disclose personal health information to provide, support and manage health care.
Nova Scotians' personal health information will be better protected starting Saturday, June 1, when the Personal Health Information Act comes into effect.
Amendments Add Clarity to Act
May 3, 2012
The Personal Health Information Act will provide clear, consistent rules for managing personal health information. Regulations are being developed for the Act, which is expected to come into effect early next year.
PHIA is expected to be deemed substantially similar to PIPEDA
June 1, 2013
PHIA came into force
December 4, 2012
Proclamation of PHIA
PHIA was amended - Bill 76
Personal Health Information Act (PHIA) passed - Bill 89
July - November 2008
Public and stakeholder consultation