Police Background Check at Registration for All Applicants

First approved: July 2017
Reviewed: March 2019

As of July 1, 2019, police background checks will be required prior to completing all certificate of registration applications.

Introduction

This policy defines the type of police background check in addition to the Declaration of Good Character that applicants for any certificate of registration must provide to meet the good character registration requirement.

Policy

The Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP) will accept any one of the following, completed within six months prior to the issuance of a certificate of registration:

  • An Enhanced Police Information Check (E-PIC) obtained online through an OCP-approved third party service provider;
  • A Police Information Check (PIC) obtained at the applicant’s local police station; or
  • A Police Vulnerable Sector Check (VS) obtained at the applicant’s local police station.
Process

The applicant will submit an approved police background check. Once submitted, College staff will review it to determine if the good character registration requirement has been met. The application will be processed within 10 business days if the police background check is accepted and has no findings.

Decision Criteria

The applicant will have met the police background check portion of the good character requirement if:

  • The police background check was conducted within six months prior to the issuance of a certificate of registration with the College; and
  • The police background check reveals no positive findings.
Possible Outcomes

Police background check is accepted and has no findings
College staff will validate this requirement in the applicant’s profile.

Police background check is not accepted or has positive findings

College staff will request a current police background check (if it was completed more than six months prior) and/or additional information. If the check reveals positive findings, the application will be referred to a panel of the Registration Committee.

Legislative Reference
Additional References

College Contact: Member Applications and Renewals