Standards of Practice

These Standards of Practice outline the minimum standards that all registered pharmacists and pharmacy technicians must meet.

Regardless of a practitioner’s position or practice environment, when a pharmacist or pharmacy technician performs a specific role, they must perform it to the level specified in the Standards of Practice and meet all of the standards associated with that role.

The Standards of Practice outline how all aspects of pharmacy practice are meant to be delivered to mitigate risk and maximize health outcomes. The College expects that pharmacists and pharmacy technicians will diligently practice to these Standards.


OCP has adopted the Standards of Practice developed by the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) as the standards governing the practice of pharmacy in Ontario.


The College also provides Standards for Pharmacists Providing Services to Licensed Long-Term Care Facilities


OCP has adopted the Model Standards for Pharmacy Compounding of Non-Hazardous Sterile Preparations and the Model Standards for Pharmacy Compounding of Hazardous Sterile Preparations, developed by NAPRA, as the standard for sterile compounding in Ontario. This was approved by Council in September 2016 for implementation by January 1, 2019.


As an additional resource, NAPRA has also produced Pharmacy Practice Management Systems: Requirements to Support NAPRA's Model Standards of Practice for Canadian Pharmacists.


Watch the following snippet from College CEO and Registrar, Marshall Moleschi’s October 2015 presentation, titled “Moving the Mountain.”