The College has resumed operational and practice assessments as of August 1st, 2020.
We are taking steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 when completing assessments. Changes to our process ensure physical distancing in accordance to Public Health recommendations, while continuing to fulfill our mandate to protect the public.
Due to public health measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College will conduct the majority of operational and practice assessments through comprehensive virtual meeting formats (remote video assessments) until further notice. College advisors will continue to thoroughly assess pharmacies and registrants against all established relevant standards; in-person and onsite assessments will be conducted on a case-by-case basis.
College advisors will communicate directly with designated managers/contacts and registrants to outline next steps to prepare for the remote operations and practice assessment. The remote assessment may consist of a video discussion, a phone discussion or a combination of both. Registrants will be provided information on technical requirements in order for the College to conduct the remote assessment, including how to download the application, how they will receive the invitation from the advisor, and submission of documentation required prior to the assessment.
To facilitate the remote assessment process, prior to the assessments, designated managers/contacts and registrants may be asked to submit the supporting documentation as required by College advisors. Designated managers/contacts and registrants are expected to submit all of the documentation as outlined in the notification e-mail.
The College continues to engage and collaborate with the Ministry of Health, provincial public health officials and other health system partners to support our approach to pharmacy and practice assessments as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve. Designated managers/contacts and registrants will be informed of updates on the assessment processes as needed through the OCP website which is updated regularly.