Part A & Part B Register

Each year upon completing their annual renewal, pharmacists will confirm their election into either Part A or Part B of the Register.


Part A

  • For pharmacists who provide patient care
  • Must have worked a minimum of 600 hours in patient care over the previous three years
  • Pharmacists practicing patient care in any Canadian (or United States) jurisdiction may elect into Part A
  • Must maintain a Learning Portfolio
  • Must complete the Self-Assessment when randomly selected to do so
  • Must participate in Peer Review when randomly selected to do so

What is Patient Care?

  • Providing pharmacy services to the public
  • Compounding, dispensing, prescribing and having custody of drugs
  • Providing health care aids and devices
  • Providing information and education related to the use of drugs, health care aids or devices
  • Promoting health, prevention and treatment of disease, disorders and dysfunctions through monitoring and management of medication therapy

You must elect into Part A if you:

  • Counsel or dialogue with patients or their agents about medications including non-prescription medications and health care aids
  • Provide information and education related to drug use, in the course of practicing the profession, directly to patients or their agents
  • Perform either or both cognitive and/or technical functions of compounding or dispensing
  • Supervise the compounding or dispensing function, as above
  • Directly supervise the part of a non-accredited pharmacy where drugs are kept
  • Review any prescription order for individual patients, or perform a patient profile or clinical review for an individual patient
  • Administer, by injection or inhalation, medication to patients for education or demonstration
  • Perform a procedure on tissue below the dermis
  • Prescribe medications (initiating therapy or adapting / renewing therapy)
  • Develop drug therapy protocols or policies directly related to drug therapy practices specific to the institutional setting in which you practise

Part B

  • For pharmacists who do not provide patient care
  • Must declare that you will not provide patient care
  • Must maintain a Learning Portfolio
  • Must maintain the ethical and practice standards of the profession
  • Will not be selected for the Self-Assessment or Peer Review

Pharmacists in Part B may NOT:

  • Work as a pharmacist in an Ontario pharmacy
  • Perform any of the controlled acts that are associated with providing pharmacy services to the public
  • Fill in as a pharmacist on an occasional basis
  • Provide information related to drug use to patients, agents or health care providers in the course of providing patient care as a pharmacist
  • Be the designated manager of an accredited pharmacy

Pharmacists in Part B may:

  • Be an owner of a pharmacy
  • Be a director of a corporation owning a pharmacy in Ontario
  • Be a manager, director or supervisor of a pharmacy department in a hospital or health care facility
  • Supervise pharmacists and technicians in an institutional setting but may not provide patient care

Those pharmacists who provide information related to drug use in their usual workday, but who do not provide patient care while practising the profession, would be expected to elect into Part B of the register. Examples could include, but not be limited to, pharmacists currently working in: administration (including College staff), academia, government, the pharmaceutical industry, and consulting firms. However, such pharmacists wishing to remain in Part A of the register could do so provided that they fulfill the practice requirement of 600 hours of patient care while practising the profession, over a three-year period.


Moving from Part A to Part B

A member may move from Part A to Part B of the Register at any time simply by notifying the College, in writing, of his or her intent to do so. The change in election would take place immediately or on the effective date provided by the member.


Moving from Part B to Part A

A member may move from Part B to Part A of the Register by notifying the College, in writing, of his or her intent to do so and by successfully undergoing the College's Peer Review.

Members who have not notified the College otherwise, but who seek to change their election from Part B to Part A during the annual renewal process, will be contacted by staff to confirm that a change in election is indeed being requested, and to schedule the member into the next mutually convenient Peer Review.

Read more about moving from Part B to Part A of the Register.