Expanded Scope of Practice

Open Consultation on Expanded Scope Now Underway

The College is working with the Ministry of Health to expand the scope of practice for pharmacy professionals. Specifically, the College has been directed to submit draft regulations that would enable pharmacy professionals to:

  • Administer the flu vaccine to children as young as two years old
  • Renew prescriptions in quantities of up to a year’s supply
  • Administer certain substances by injection and/or inhalation for purposes that are in addition to patient education and demonstration
  • Prescribe drugs for certain minor ailments

The College is also working with the Ministry to provide pharmacy professionals with the authority to perform point of care tests for certain chronic conditions.

While working expeditiously to submit draft regulations within requested timelines, the College will be consulting broadly with pharmacy professionals, the public and stakeholders.

An open consultation on the draft regulatory amendments for the first three scope-related items and point of care testing are currently underway.

The College will continue to provide further information about planned consultation and engagement activities on expanded scope of practice. Watch for updates here, in e-Connect and in Pharmacy Connection.

Administering the flu vaccine, renewing prescriptions, and administering substances

The College has been directed to submit draft regulations to the Ministry for the first three scope-related activities by November 30, 2019.

Meeting this timeline requires two special Council meetings. The first meeting was held August 22, 2019 to approve an open public consultation on the draft regulations, which are posted for comments from August 26 until October 26, 2019. The second meeting will be held November 21, 2019 for approval of the final regulatory amendments to be submitted to the Ministry. Go here for more information and updates about Council meetings.

The College has received preliminary feedback from pharmacy professionals about the first three scope-related activities through an online survey, which will help guide its work. The survey closed on July 18, 2019. Pharmacy professionals and members of the public who would like to provide feedback on the draft regulations can do so here.

Point of Care Testing

This authority requires changes related to the Laboratory and Specimen Collection Centre Licensing Act and will be managed by the Ministry of Health. The College has consulted with pharmacy professionals and key health system stakeholders on this aspect of expanded scope of practice, and welcomes additional feedback from pharmacy professionals and members of the public through an open consultation on the draft regulatory amendments. Watch for further updates here, in e-Connect and in Pharmacy Connection.

Minor Ailments

The College has been directed to submit draft regulations to the Ministry to permit prescribing for certain minor ailments by June 30, 2020.

Pharmacy professionals and members of the public who would like to provide preliminary feedback on minor ailments will have an opportunity to do so in the near future. Watch for updates here, in e-Connect and in Pharmacy Connection.