Council approves amendments to College by-law regarding public register of pharmacies

Published May 10, 2013, 3:19 p.m.

At the special meeting of Council on May 10, 2013, Council unanimously approved a proposed by-law amendment that permits the College to formalize the creation of a Register of Pharmacies under the authority provided in section 23(2) 14 of the Health Professions Procedural Code (Code).

The amended by-law includes the posting, on the public register, of the outcome and/or status of inspections of a pharmacy, including the relevant date. This applies to the most current outcome and/or status of any inspection conducted after July 1, 2013 and the outcome and/or status of every inspection conducted thereafter.

The proposed by-law amendment that was brought to Council reflected feedback received during the required circulation period from April 26 to May 6, 2013.


Background

In September 2012, Council directed that a Special Committee of Council be appointed to conduct an overall review of the College’s Operating By-law; By-law No 2. The full recommendations stemming from the Review are scheduled to be presented to Council at its regular meeting on June 10, 2013. The Review, incorporated recommendations to formalize the creation of a Register of Pharmacies under the authority provided under 23 (2) 14 of the Health Professions Procedural Code.


Recent attention drawn to the issue of public reporting of the outcome and/or status of pharmacy inspections resulted in the decision to separate this amendment from the rest of the proposed by-law revisions and bring it forward to the May 10, 2013 special meeting of Council. The particulars of the by-law amendment relating to the posting of inspection outcomes and or status have been modeled after the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario’s recently approved by-law regarding Out-of-Hospital Premises.