Practice Assessment Criteria

Community Pharmacists

During a community pharmacist practice assessment, practice advisors focus on four key areas (categories):

  • Patient assessment
  • Decision making
  • Documentation
  • Communication and education

For each focus area, specific performance indicators – which describe the minimum practice requirement for all community pharmacists – are identified. The guidance section of the Community Pharmacist Practice Assessment Criteria illustrates how the performance indicator will apply in practice and provides examples of activities that support each standard.

Through a combination of observation and retrospective review of documentation (chart stimulated recall) practice advisors evaluate the processes in place for each of these areas with respect to new and refill prescriptions, adaptations/renewals, comprehensive medication reviews and patient interactions related to over the counter medications.

View the Community Pharmacist Practice Assessment Criteria.


Pharmacists in Non-Community Settings

The College is currently developing assessment tools for pharmacists in non-community settings (including hospitals).


Pharmacy Technicians (Community and Hospital)

During a community and hospital pharmacy technician practice assessment, practice advisors focus on four key areas (categories):

  • Patient care
  • Collaboration and decision making
  • Documentation
  • Communication and education

For each focus area, specific performance indicators – which describe the minimum practice requirement for all technicians regardless of practice site – are identified. The guidance section of the Pharmacy Technician Assessment Criteria illustrates how the performance indicator will apply in practice and provides examples of activities that support each standard.

Through a combination of observation and retrospective review of documentation (chart stimulated recall) practice advisors evaluate the processes in place for each of these areas with respect to drug distribution activities, compounding practices, best possible medication histories and patient education activities.

View the Pharmacy Technician Practice Assessment Criteria.