Hospital Pharmacy Assessments

As of August 1, 2016 all pharmacies operating and providing pharmacy services to patients in public or private hospitals in Ontario must be accredited and undergo routine assessments by the College.

Routine assessments of hospital pharmacies are conducted at least once every two years, depending on the activities performed at the pharmacy and the risk of harm those activities pose to patients. For example; hospital pharmacies providing complex sterile compounding will be assessed more often than a pharmacy that doesn’t.

When hospital practice advisors from the College visit a hospital pharmacy to conduct an assessment, they assess its operations and processes against the hospital assessment criteria. The date and status/ outcome of assessments after August 1, 2016 can be found on Find a Pharmacy or Pharmacy Professional.

Eventually, hospital pharmacy assessments will incorporate an assessment of the individual practitioner working in the hospital, similar to the new practice assessment program being piloted in community pharmacies.