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June 24, 2015 Printable Version

Proposed Amendments to the DPRA Approved by Council

The passing of Bill 21: Safeguarding Health Care Integrity Act, 2014 extends the College’s authority to license and inspect pharmacies within public and private hospitals, as well as future authority over institutional pharmacy locations. As a result, the current regulation to the Drug and Pharmacies Regulation Act (DPRA), which only addresses community pharmacy practice, requires amendments. At its June meeting, having considered feedback during the public consultation, Council approved the proposed amendments to the DPRA regulations for submission to government for proclamation. Until proclamation, which will likely take several months, the current DPRA regulation remains in effect.

It is also important to note that with the exception of the new authority to license and inspect hospital pharmacies, the net result of the proposed DPRA regulation changes with the corresponding supplemental documents is that expectations of practice will not change when the proposed regulations are proclaimed and enacted into law.

Read more about the proposed amendments to the DPRA here.


Code of Ethics Task Force

The College established a Code of Ethics Task Force in December 2014 to review and update the current Code of Ethics so that it more appropriately addresses current practice and better enables pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to apply it in practice.

The Task Force has now held a series of meetings to work through the initial draft documents and has held focus groups and working sessions with stakeholders to collect feedback. Draft documents are expected to be ready for Council to discuss for the September 2015 meeting and final documents should be ready for approval by Council for the December 2015 meeting.

Read more about the Code of Ethics initiative here.


Two New Jurisprudence e-Learning Modules

The College has just developed two more e-Learning modules to support your understanding of the various regulations that govern pharmacy. In addition to supporting those preparing to write the entry-to-practice Jurisprudence Exam, the modules are also a useful tool for all members wishing to refresh their knowledge of important legislation relevant to everyday practice. Learn more about the new e-Learning modules and access them by clicking on the links below:

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