DPRA e-Learning Module

The Drug and Pharmacies Regulation Act (DPRA) 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 Drug and Pharmacies Regulation Act (DPRA) and its related regulations. We recommend that you view this module and refer to the DPRA legislation as required, as well as the practice policies and guidelines applicable to the DPRA.

The estimated running time is approximately two to three hours but will depend on your individual pace.

Important Note:

The Regulations to the DPRA have been updated effective August 1, 2016. Although specific expectations have been moved out of regulation, they appear in standards, policies and guidelines. As a result, expectations of practice are unchanged in the new regulations.

The slide titled ‘Application of the Act’ is no longer current as the College now has oversight for dispensing drugs in both community and hospital pharmacies. Please note that the module will be updated in the near future to reflect these changes. Learn more about the new regulations to the DPRA.

DPRA Module


Please note that the DPRA learning module is only a tool to support learning the DPRA 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.


Effective October 17, 2017:

  • NAPRA has updated their website which has changed its overall appearance and that of the National Drug Schedules. The video embedded in this module was created before this change. However, the basic content and navigation of the drug schedules remains similar.

Effective August 1, 2016:

  • Regulations to the DPRA updated. See ‘Important Note’ above.
Effective December 19, 2013:
  • Schedule F to the Food and Drug Regulations has been repealed and replaced by a list of prescription drugs called the Prescription Drug List (PDL).
    • Note: the reference to Schedule F in the section on Drug Schedules should now be read as the Prescription Drug List (PDL).
  • Pharmacy technicians are allowed to transfer prescriptions (as already noted in the module).

Practice Policies and Guidelines

Pharmacy practice policies and guidelines were developed to support the DPRA and its regulations. Please refer to the policies and guidelines that are applicable to the DPRA to support your understanding of the legislation.

Additional pharmacy practice resources and tools are available in Practice Tools.