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August 4, 2016 Printable Version

New Regulations to the DPRA Came into Effect August 1, 2016

New DPRA regulation

New regulations to the Drug & Pharmacies Regulation Act (DPRA) were proclaimed — and are in effect — as of August 1, 2016. With the exception of the new authority to license and inspect hospital pharmacies, expectations of practice are unchanged in the new regulations.

Having successfully completed a baseline assessment by the College in 2015, hospital pharmacies in Ontario have now been issued a certificate of accreditation. Like community pharmacies, hospital pharmacies are required to renew their certificate annually and will receive practice assessments by the College on a routine basis. Learn more about College oversight of hospital pharmacies.

The new regulation incorporates an outcomes-based approach to the language; designed to improve the relevance of the regulatory framework over time. By removing specific expectations from the regulation and moving these into standards, policies, guidelines and processes, the College is able to respond to changes in practice and public expectations in a timelier manner.

Learn more about the new regulations to the DPRA.


First in the Series of Code of Ethics Learning Modules Now Available

The College is pleased to launch the first in a series of e-learning modules developed to assist current and future pharmacists and pharmacy technicians understand and apply the new Code of Ethics in everyday practice.

This module provides an overview of the role and purpose of the Code of Ethics, outlines the professional role and commitment all healthcare professionals share and introduces the social contract and core ethical principles of healthcare that must guide the everyday practice of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

The introductory module is approximately 20 minutes in length and features a variety of learning techniques including – true and false questions, whiteboard video and case studies with reflective discussion – to engage learners from all practice settings and emphasize key concepts from the Code.

Watch the introductory Code of Ethics e-Learning module now!

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