Changes Coming to Registration and Quality Assurance Processes

Posted:Jun 21st, 2024
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The Ministry of Health has approved changes to the General regulation under the Pharmacy Act that impact the College’s registration and quality assurance processes. These changes will come into effect October 1, 2024, and will allow for a more efficient registration process and an enhanced approach to quality assurance in the interest of patient safety.

Changes related to registration include:

  • Elimination of the pharmacy student class of registration. This aligns with the practice of other health professions where students do not register with their regulatory body but rather practice under supervision based on authority laid out in the Regulated Health Professions Act. 
  • Creation of an intern technician class of registration so that pharmacy technician graduates can register with the College and practice to scope under supervision while they complete their final entry-to-practice requirements.
  • Introduction of the two-part register for pharmacy technicians. Part A for those who provide  patient care and Part B for those who do not provide patient care.
  • Requirement to complete education requirements (or Part 1 and 2 of the PEBC Qualifying Exam), language proficiency, the Jurisprudence, Ethics and Professionalism exam, and a practice-based assessment all within two years before submitting an application to be registered as a pharmacist or pharmacy technician.

Changes related to quality assurance include:

  • Requirement for Part A pharmacy technicians to participate in the College’s Quality Assurance Program.
  • Elimination of the requirement for Part A registrants to practice 600 hours within three years. Instead, Part A registrants will need to self-declare annually that they have maintained competence to practice and undergo an assessment of competence when selected.
  • Introduction of risk-based selection criteria for practice assessments (Part A registrants only).

We understand these changes may have a significant impact on you. The College will be connecting with students, applicants, pharmacy technicians, pharmacists, supervisors and others directly over the next several weeks and months to help these groups understand what the changes mean for them. Tools and resources are being developed to support understanding and next steps.

Information Hub
Information on these upcoming changes, including FAQs, is available on the College’s website. This page will continue to be updated with additional tools and resources leading up to the October 1, 2024 implementation date.