Feedback for Proposed Changes to the DPRA regulations

College of Nurses of Ontario  ·  May 8, 2015

Dear Ms. Resnick,

Thank you for the time that you and Tina Perlman (Manager, Pharmacy Practice) spent with staff from the College of Nurses of Ontario (the College) to discuss questions about the Ontario College of Pharmacists’ (OCP’s) proposed regulation under the Drug and Pharmacies Regulation Act (DPRA). OCP’s principle-based approach is consistent with recent directions that we have taken in nursing regulation.

The DPRA definition of a hospital pharmacy includes any “...location in the hospital where drugs are stores or supplied from…” for hospital patients (1). This definition could include locations of a hospital where nurses commonly practise (e.g., medication rooms and cart systems located on patient units).

The College is interested in participating in any future consultation that OCP may conduct regarding standards for hospital pharmacies as it may impact nursing practice. When OCP inspects premises where nurses work, we request that any concerns related to nursing practice (e.g., incapacity, incompetence, misconduct) be reported to the College (2).

Finally, Council recently approved a new Medication Practice Standard (3), which took effect May 5th and applies to medication practises by nurses in all practice settings.

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the proposed regulation. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Sincerely, Janet Anderson (Director, Professional Practice) CNO

  1. Sub-section 119 (1) Drug and Pharmacies Regulation Act
  2. Disclosure is permitted by section 36 of the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991
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