Feedback deadline was: April 28, 2023
The Ontario College of Pharmacists has a duty to ensure, as a matter of public interest, that the people of Ontario have access to adequate numbers of qualified, skilled and competent regulated health professionals. When fulfilling its legislated obligation, the College needs to balance workforce needs with appropriate registration requirements to ensure safe practice.
The College is seeking feedback on amendments to General Regulation 202/94 (Registration Parts V.1 and VI.1) under the Pharmacy Act, 1991.
The amendments align the College’s existing provisions, which in 2021 created an emergency assignment class due to pharmacy pressures resulting from the pandemic, with the requirements of registration regulation 508/22 under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991.
The proposed changes do not substantially alter the College’s existing approach to emergency assignment registration – rather, they support consistency across health professions and codify the circumstances that would initiate activation of the emergency assignment class of registration and the ability to transition to another class of registration.
Highlights of proposed regulation amendments:
- A provision that allows issuance of emergency assignment certificates to be triggered when it is determined to be in the public interest.
- Renewal period that allows an emergency certificate holder to transition to another class of registration at the conclusion of issuance of emergency assignment registration certificates, to avoid unnecessary interruptions in service delivery.
- Ability for an emergency assignment certificate holder to apply for another class of registration, and to exempt some of the usual registration requirements that would normally apply.
- Enables the exemption of fees for applicants transitioning from an emergency assignment certificate to another class of registration.
The College is inviting all pharmacy professionals, system partners, and members of the public to comment below. Following the consultation, the Board will meet to consider consultation feedback and make any further changes to the regulation. Board approval to submit the proposed amendments to Regulation 202/94 to the Ministry of Health will also be requested at that time.