CDSA & NSAA e-Learning Module
The Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) and Narcotics Safety and Awareness Act (NSAA) e-Learning Module is one in a series of learning modules that the College is introducing. It is an overview of key principles in the CDSA and its related regulations, as well as the NSAA and its regulations. We recommend that you view this module and refer to the CDSA and NSAA legislation as required, as well as the practice policies and guidelines applicable to these pieces of legislation.
The estimated running time is approximately two to three hours but will depend on your individual pace.
Please note that the CDSA and NSAA Learning Module is only a tool to support learning the CDSA and NSAA and its regulations and is not a comprehensive study resource. It is important to refer to the official legislation for more detailed and current information.
As of April 19, 2017, Nurse Practitioners (NPs) are now authorized to prescribe controlled substances in Ontario if they successfully complete the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) approved controlled substances education. This is reflected on CNO’s public register-Find a Nurse. The Nursing Act has been amended since the module was recorded. For more information, refer to the CNO website.
Heroin has been added to the list of narcotics that are classified as “Narcotic Drugs”. Under chapter 4 Narcotics, the slide titled “Narcotic Drugs” should now include heroin as one of the 5 narcotics listed under the following bullet:
All products containing methadone, hydrocodone, oxycodone, pentazocine or heroin (even if in combination with 2 or more non-narcotic medicinal ingredients).
Health Canada no longer requires pre-authorization requests for the local destruction of unserviceable narcotics and controlled drugs. This means that pharmacists may proceed with destruction without notifying and receiving acknowledgment from Health Canada in advance.
Practice Policies and Guidelines
Pharmacy practice policies and guidelines were developed to support the CDSA and NSAA and its regulations. Please refer to the policies and guidelines that are applicable to the CDSA and NSAA to support your understanding of the legislation.