Revised Code of Ethics

In September 2014, College Council announced the establishment of a task force to review and update the College’s Code of Ethics so that it more appropriately addresses current practice and clearly establishes the standards of ethical conduct for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

The new Code was created using the expertise of an ethicist and by gathering feedback from key stakeholders including practicing pharmacist and pharmacy technicians from a variety of practice settings. The College also conducted a comprehensive review of Codes of Ethics from relevant health regulatory professions across Canada, the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom, as well as current literature of healthcare ethics.

The Code is a comprehensive document that outlines the core ethical principles that dictate a healthcare professional’s ethical duty to patients and society. The document supports these principles with standards that indicate how a practitioner is expected to fulfill their ethical responsibilities. Practice expectations for all pharmacy professionals are unchanged in the new Code.

Consultation

Council reviewed a draft of the Code at their September 2015 meeting and approved it for a 45-day public consultation period. The consultation – which ended on November 7, 2015 – brought in feedback from practitioners, organizations, members of the public and other stakeholders. The majority of the responses were in support of the proposed Code, noting that it was comprehensive and provides clarity in outlining the expectations for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

Council Approval

Following consideration of feedback received during the consultation, Council approved the revised Code of Ethics at their December 2015 meeting. The new Code came into effect on December 7, 2015.

Given the importance of the Code of Ethics as a foundational document for the profession Council also established a requirement for all current (and new) pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to declare – in 2017 – that they have read and understand the Code of Ethics.

Support Materials

To support and assist practitioners in making this commitment, and understand how the Code of Ethics applies in everyday practice, the College has developed a series of e-Learning modules.

The e-Learning modules can be accessed by visiting the Code of Ethics page.