Pre-Registration must be completed before making a request to a Panel. Please contact client services (email@example.com) if you have any questions.
Upcoming Panel Dates: (dates are subject to change)
Exemptions from Entry-to-Practice Requirements
If for any reason you do not meet all of the requirements for a Certificate of Registration as a student, intern, pharmacist or pharmacy technician as set out in the Registration Regulations, your application will be referred to a panel of the Registration Committee. You will be notified if the Registrar refers your file to a panel and you will be given an opportunity to provide further written information to the panel. You may also request to have a panel review your application if you wish to appeal a decision related to a requirement that is both set and administered by the College (e.g. Structured Practical Training or the Jurisprudence examination) The panel will review your application and all relevant information before making its decision. Panels consider applications on a case by case basis. Any material that you provide to the College in support of your application will be provided to the panel.
Please note, that if you wish to appeal a decision related to a registration requirement that is set and/or administered by a third party (e.g. the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada), you are required to follow the appeal process in place for that organization.
To make a request to a panel, you will need to submit:
|Panel Date||Deadline for Making a Request|
| Wednesday May 22, 2013|| April 1, 2013|
| June, 2013 (TBD)|| May 1, 2013|
| July, 2013 (TBD)|| June 1, 2013|
|August, 2013 (TBD)||July 1, 2013|
If applicable, you may also submit:
- an application for the appropriate Certificate of Registration as a student , intern , pharmacist or pharmacy technician and pay the applicable application fee, and
- a letter addressed to the panel of the Registration Committee outlining your request and the reasons why you believe the request should be granted.
- a current resume detailing your experience in pharmacy to-date,
Common requests made to panel:
On December 3, 2010 the government approved a new Registration Regulation under the Pharmacy Act. As a result of the new regulation, there are several changes being made to the registration process. One of the more significant changes in the new regulation is a requirement for international pharmacy graduates to complete an approved bridging education program (currently the International Pharmacy Graduate Program offered by the University of Toronto).
This requirement applies to all international pharmacy graduates, with the following exceptions:
- written verification of standing from all jurisdictions in which you are currently licensed and a declaration of all jurisdictions in which you have been previously licensed,
- Employment support forms or letter(s) from your past and/or present pharmacy related employer(s) confirming your employment and providing details of your duties, performance and hours accumulated to-date, and
- any other information that you believe would support your request.
In both of these cases, the panel will determine the requirement for further training and/or education on the basis of the unique needs of each individual applicant and to the extent necessary to provide evidence that the individual possesses knowledge, skill and judgment at least equal to current graduates from a pharmacist program accredited by the Canadian Council of Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs.
Despite the ability for a panel to determine if any further education and/or training is required for an applicant in the above situations, the IPG program is recognized as a benefit for international graduates to help them gain an understanding of Canadian pharmacy practice, therapeutics, the pharmaceutical care process, communication skills and professional and ethical practice issues. Evaluation of the program shows that graduates are more successful in not only completing other entry to practice requirements, but also in integrating into the practice community
Although the IPG program is recommended for all international pharmacy graduates, a panel of the Registration Committee may require individuals to complete one or more education courses designed to enhance their knowledge in specific areas of practice (i.e. Pharmacy Practice in the Canadian Healthcare System, pharmaceutical care, therapeutics). Further information about the type of courses available for this purpose may be viewed under the Continuing Education section of the website.
OCP staff will notify you of the panel’s decision within 3 business days after the meeting. To act upon a panel’s decision immediately you may be asked to provide written notice to OCP that you are satisfied with the decision. If the panel denies your request, you will be provided with a written decision explaining the panel’s reasons within 6 - 8 weeks of the panel meeting date.
If you are dissatisfied with the panel’s decision, you will have an opportunity to appeal the decision to the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (HPARB) within 30 days after receiving the written decision. HPARB is an independent tribunal for all health professions established by the Government of Ontario.
A client services representative will notify you when your application has been processed and verify your next steps for registration.
- Individuals, who have successfully completed both parts of the PEBC Qualifying Examination for Pharmacists on their first attempt, must complete the additional training and/or education, if any, as specified by a panel of the Registration Committee.
- Individuals, who were registered on December 3, 2010 or become registered by December 3, 2011 as a pharmacy student or intern, must complete the additional training and/or education, if any, as specified by a panel of the Registration Committee.