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December 10, 2015 Printable Version

New Code of Ethics for Profession of Pharmacy

Code of Ethics
Following an extensive collaboration and consultative process, a new Code of Ethics for the profession of pharmacy in Ontario was approved by College Council at their December 2015 meeting.

While practice expectations have not changed in the new Code - which takes effect immediately - it more appropriately addresses current practice and clearly establishes the standards of ethical conduct for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, regardless of practice setting.

Learn more about the development of the new Code of Ethics on our key initiative page.

Given the importance of the Code of Ethics as a foundational document for the profession, Council also approved requirements for all members to declare in 2017 that they have read and understood the Code. To assist members and other stakeholders a comprehensive communications plan, including educational resources, is being developed. More information will follow in the coming months.


Proposed Hospital Fees Reduced by Council

Hospital pharmacist

In September, the College posted proposed amendments to its By-law No. 3 for public consultation.

The amendments supported changes to the Drug and Pharmacies Regulation Act (DPRA) regulation, ongoing transparency initiatives within the College, and changes in the organizational structure and fees for the College.

While a number of administrative and housekeeping-type changes were made, the most significant amendments were related to changes in fees and changes to information that the College will post on the public register.

A total of 77 responses were received through the public consultation process from practitioners, organizations, and the public. The majority of feedback pertained to the proposed fees for hospital pharmacies. Many comments noted that the proposed fees were too high and did not take into consideration the hospital’s size, complexity, budget, services offered, or number of staff.

As a result of this feedback, Council reduced the fees for hospital pharmacies at their December 2015 meeting before approving the proposed by-laws. Hospital accreditation fees were reduced from $6,000 to $4,000 ($2,000 for application and $2,000 for issuance of a Certificate of Accreditation) and annual renewal fees were reduced from $5,000 to $3,500.

All other proposed amendments to the by-law were approved as circulated.

The by-law has been renamed to By-Law No. 4 and is now in effect. Hospital accreditation fees come into effect upon the proclamation of the amended DPRA regulation.

To learn more about hospital oversight, visit the key initiatives page on the College website.


December 2015 Council Report

OCP Council

View the December 2015 Council Report and read highlights from the December Council meeting, including more information on the two consultations discussed in this issue of e-Connect.

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