Issuance and Renewal of a Certificate of Accreditation

Issuance of Certificate of Accreditation

Once the Registrar is satisfied that the applicants meet the qualifications to operate a pharmacy and that the pharmacy meets the requirements for accreditation, he or she will issue your certificate of accreditation.

Referral to Accreditation Committee

If the Registrar is not satisfied that the qualifications for issuance have been met, or where the Registrar proposes that terms, conditions and limitations be attached to your certificate, then your application will be referred to the Accreditation Committee.

The Registrar can issue a certificate of accreditation if he or she is convinced that minor requirements that do not affect the safety of the public will be satisfied within a reasonable period of time after the pharmacy opens and a follow-up inspection of the pharmacy will occur to ensure that these requirements have been fulfilled to the satisfaction of the Registrar.

Notice Provided to the Applicant

If an application is referred to the Accreditation Committee the Registrar will provide the Director Liaison of the corporation making the application with written notice outlining the following:

  • Why the Registrar has proposed to refuse to issue the certificate of accreditation; or
  • Why the Registrar has proposed terms, conditions and limitations be attached to the certificate of accreditation.

The applicant will have 30 days from the receipt of the notice of referral by the person responsible for submitting the application to make a submission in writing to the Accreditation Committee.

After considering the application for issuance and any submission made on behalf of the pharmacy, the Accreditation Committee has the authority to direct one or more of the following:

  • Direct the Registrar to issue the certificate.
  • Direct the Registrar to issue the certificate with terms, conditions and limitations as the Committee considers appropriate.
  • Direct the Registrar not to issue the certificate.

The Committee’s decision cannot be acted upon by either the College or the applicant unless and until you:

  • Give notice to the Registrar that you will not be requiring review or hearing by the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (“Board”); or
  • You indicate you want a review or hearing by the Board and do not apply to the Board within 35 days from receipt of Notice from the College; or
  • The Board renders a decision confirming the decision of the Committee.


Renewal of Certificate of Accreditation

You must complete an application for renewal of your certificate of accreditation annually, on or before May 10th. A notice for renewal will be sent to your email each year and you must login to My Account and click on “My Account” to access the renewal form you are required to submit.

Referral to Accreditation Committee

Where the Registrar is satisfied that your pharmacy has met the requirements for renewal he/she will renew your certificate of accreditation. The Registrar will refer your application to the Accreditation Committee if the Registrar:

  • is not satisfied that the qualifications for renewal have been met; or
  • where the current certificate has terms, conditions and limitations attached to it with which the Registrar is not satisfied the pharmacy has complied, or
  • where the Registrar proposes that terms, conditions and limitations be attached to your certificate, then your application will be referred to the Accreditation Committee.

If an assessment of your pharmacy or any of its remote dispensing locations identifies failures to meet the requirements of the Act or its Regulations the Registrar will refer your application to the Accreditation Committee unless the Registrar is satisfied that each of the identified deficiencies has been addressed in a sufficient manner.

Notice Provided to the Applicant

If an application is referred to the Accreditation Committee the Registrar will provide the Director Liaison of the corporation making the application with written notice outlining the following:

  • Why the Registrar has proposed to refuse to renew the certificate of accreditation; or
  • Why the Registrar has proposed terms, conditions and limitations be attached to the certificate of accreditation.

The applicant will have 30 days from the receipt of the notice of referral by the person responsible for submitting the application to make a submission in writing to the Accreditation Committee.

A certificate of accreditation that is referred to the Accreditation Committee by the Registrar will not expire until the decision of the Accreditation Committee becomes final.

After considering the application for renewal and any submission made on behalf of the pharmacy, the Accreditation Committee has the authority to direct one or more of the following:

  • Direct the Registrar to renew the certificate.
  • Direct the Registrar to renew the certificate with terms, conditions and limitations as the Committee considers appropriate.
  • Direct the Registrar not to renew the certificate.

If the Committee directs the Registrar not to renew the certificate, the certificate will be considered to have expired and will be revoked as of the date of the decision of the Committee becomes final.

The Committee’s decision cannot be acted upon by either the College or you unless and until you:

  • Give notice to the Registrar that you will not be requiring review or hearing by the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (“Board”); or
  • You indicate you want a review or hearing by the Board and do not apply to the Board within 30 days from receipt of Notice from the College; or
  • The Board renders a decision confirming the decision of the Committee.


Revocation of a Certificate of Accreditation

If the Registrar believes that a certificate of accreditation was renewed based on false or misleading information provided by an applicant, the Registrar may refer the application to the Accreditation Committee for revocation.

If an application is referred to the Committee for revocation the Registrar will provide the applicant with written notice including the reasons why the Registrar proposes that the certificate of accreditation be revoked. The applicant will have 15 days from receiving the notice, or a greater amount of time agreed to by either the Registrar or the Committee, to make a written submission to the Committee.