About the College

The Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP), incorporated in 1871, is the registering and regulating body for the profession of pharmacy in Ontario.

The College’s mandate is to serve and protect the public and hold Ontario’s pharmacists and pharmacy technicians accountable to the established legislation, standards of practice, code of ethics and policies and guidelines relevant to pharmacy practice. The College also ensures that pharmacies within the province meet certain standards for operation and are accredited by the College.



Mission, Vision & Values:

The College’s mission, vision and values, which guide and direct the operations of the College, are established by Council and are outlined in Council’s most current strategic plan.

Mission: The Ontario College of Pharmacists regulates pharmacy to ensure that the public receives quality services and care.

Vision: Lead the advancement of pharmacy to optimize health and wellness through patient-centred care.

Values: Transparency, Accountability and Excellence


The College fulfills its mandate to protect the public by:

More details about the specific objects of the College are set out in section 3 of the Health Professions Procedural Code.


Legal Powers & Authority:

The legal powers and duties of the College are set out in the Regulated Health Professions Act, the Health Professions Procedural Code, the Pharmacy Act and the Drug and Pharmacies Regulation Act.

The activities of the College, which are overseen by a Council comprised of elected practitioners and government appointed public members, are subject to a number of oversight mechanisms including oversight by the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board and the Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council.