To administer injections in Ontario, you must successfully complete the training provided through your Ontario university curriculum or an OCP-approved course. All OCP-approved courses have obtained CCCEP competency-mapped accreditation, which addresses the 15 competencies for pharmacist injection education, as approved by the OCP Board. View a full listing of all CCCEP competency-mapped accredited courses.
Yes, pharmacy interns and registered pharmacy students can administer vaccines if they have fulfilled the requirements of completing injection training and maintaining up to date First Aid and CPR certifications. In the case of influenza vaccine, students and interns must be practicing at a pharmacy registered with the annual Ministry of Health and Long Term Care Universal Influenza Immunization Program (UIIP).
Your supervising pharmacist must have registered their injection training with the College. For further guidance, see OCP’s policy on Supervision of Pharmacy Students and Interns.
All injections must be administered in accordance with the College’s Administering a Substance by Injection or Inhalation Guideline.
Yes. Your supervisor must have completed an OCP-approved injection training course, ensured their First Aid and CPR certification is up to date, and registered their training with the College in order for you to administer an injection under their supervision. For further guidance on the role of your supervisor, see OCP’s policy on Supervision of Pharmacy Students and Interns.
The College’s Guideline – Administering a Substance by Injection or Inhalation does not mandate specific requirements for injection recertification or training updates. After registering your injection training, a self-declaration is made annually at registration renewal indicating that you have completed an OCP-approved training course and will maintain valid First Aid & CPR certification.
The Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics expect pharmacists to recognize and work within the limits of their competence and to only practice when they have the appropriate knowledge and skill, as well as the physical, emotional and mental capacity, to do so safely.
Pharmacists are committed to continuous lifelong learning and professional improvement. It is your responsibility to self-assess your ability to administer injections prior to engaging in this practice. Should you wish to pursue additional training, there are continuing education opportunities available on the CE for Pharmacists page under “Immunizations and Injections”.