In order to help guide the development of regulations, policies, guidelines and other documents related to pharmacy practice, the College routinely requests input from members of the profession, the public and other stakeholders.
Documents that are available for consultation are posted on our website with clearly specified submission deadlines. To ensure transparency and encourage open dialogue, the feedback we receive is published in accordance with the posting guidelines.
The College reviews and considers all feedback before finalizing the policy, guideline or other document.
More information about the College’s policy process and what triggers policy development or review can be found on the College Practice Policies & Guidelines page.
To promote transparent, respectful and constructive dialogue, the feedback we receive through our online consultations is published in accordance with the Posting Guidelines below:
- Those who wish to post a comment on the consultation can do so by identifying whether they are a pharmacist, pharmacy technician, applicant or members of the public. Names of individuals are not posted with their feedback.
- Individuals can post on behalf of an organization. Names of organizations are posted with their feedback.
- The College does not review and is not responsible for the accuracy of content of any feedback or associated references or links that are posted. The College does not edit feedback, and all comments are posted exactly as they are received.
- The College reserves the right to refuse to post feedback that, in its sole discretion:
a. Is unrelated to the policy or issue under consideration on that specific open consultation topic;
b. Contains complaints and/or compliments about identifiable pharmacy or any other healthcare professionals, individuals or organizations;
c. Is abusive, disrespectful, obscene, harassing or threatening. This can include, but is not limited to, potentially libelous or defamatory comments, or those that could be regarded as unprofessional, distasteful or offensive towards an individual or organization, or those considered to be inconsistent with the College’s Code of Ethics (for pharmacy professionals); or
Standard, Policy And Guideline Consultation Framework
When drafting new, or revising existing, standards, policies, guidelines or other guidance documents that are intended to define expectations in practice the College uses the ‘Consultation Framework’ to determine if stakeholder consultation is required by applying the following principles:
- Stakeholder consultation on a standard, policy or guideline will be considered when a new or revised standard, policy or guideline:
a. Addresses an issue directly related to patient or public safety; or
b. Is likely to have a significant impact on member practice; or
c. Is likely to have a significant impact on pharmacy practice or operations; or
d. Relates to a shared scope of practice and/or will have an impact on inter- professional collaboration.
- The College will ensure that sufficient time is allotted to receive, assess, and consider stakeholder feedback.
- All feedback will be publicly shared.
- All feedback will be carefully considered in the development of final documents.
The consultation process ensures that the public, practitioners and all other interested stakeholders have an opportunity to provide feedback on new and revised documents related to pharmacy practice prior to final approval.
Documents that are available for consultation are posted on the College website with clearly specified submission deadlines. The duration of consultations is generally 60 days but may vary according to Council’s needs and the status of a topic. The College may also solicit comments directly from targeted stakeholders.
To ensure transparency and encourage open dialogue, the feedback received is posted in accordance with posting guidelines (see above). Individual feedback is anonymized although specified as from a pharmacist, pharmacy technician, applicant, or member of the public, and organizations are identified. All feedback is posted for the duration of the consultation for public viewing and comments and archived on the website for future reference.
All feedback is considered, even that which is not incorporated into the final version. When considering how to incorporate feedback, the College considers how comments and suggestions align with the mandate of the College.