The College has published updated guidance on COVID-19 testing in community pharmacies.
The updated guidance document outlines the College’s expectations for Designated Managers, registrants and community pharmacies opting to provide COVID-19 testing to the public. College guidance is intended to be used alongside guidance provided by the Ministry of Health which oversees the province’s response to COVID-19.
A pharmacy’s choice to offer COVID-19 testing must not impede or limit the public’s accessibility to, or the safe delivery of, other pharmacy services. It is paramount that participating community pharmacies have processes in place to ensure the protection of their patients, personnel and visitors—especially those who may be part of a vulnerable population, such as the elderly or those with chronic illnesses.
Testing should only be offered when the pharmacy has the capacity and appropriate environment to do so.