Code of Ethics

Council approved the new Code of Ethics (also available in a booklet version) and Declaration of Commitment at their December 2015 meeting. It is Schedule A of By-law No. 4.

The Code is a comprehensive document that outlines the core ethical principles that dictate a healthcare professional’s ethical duty to patients and society. The document supports these principles with standards that indicate how a practitioner is expected to fulfill their ethical responsibilities. Practice expectations for all pharmacy professionals are unchanged in the new Code.

In approving the new Code of Ethics Council established a requirement for all current (and new) pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to declare – in 2017 – that they have read and understood the Code of Ethics.

The College has also developed Professional Responsibility Principles.

e-Learning Modules

To support and assist practitioners in making this commitment, and understand how the Code of Ethics applies in everyday practice, the College developed a series of e-Learning modules.

The first in the series provides an overview of the role and purpose of the Code of Ethics, outlines the professional role and commitment all healthcare professionals share and introduces the social contract and core ethical principles of healthcare that must guide the everyday practice of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.


Code of Ethics Introduction:

More Code of Ethics e-Learning Modules:

Video Practice Examples:

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