Hospital Pharmacy Assessments

As of August 1, 2016 all pharmacies operating and providing pharmacy services to patients in public or private hospitals in Ontario must be accredited and undergo routine assessments by the College.

Routine assessments of hospital pharmacies are conducted at least once every two years, depending on the activities performed at the pharmacy and the risk of harm those activities pose to patients. For example; hospital pharmacies providing complex sterile compounding will be assessed more often than a pharmacy that doesn’t.

When hospital operations advisors from the College visit a hospital pharmacy to conduct an assessment, they assess its operations and processes against the hospital assessment criteria. The date and status/ outcome of assessments after August 1, 2016 can be found on Find a Pharmacy or Pharmacy Professional.

The College also evaluates pharmacy professionals working in the pharmacy through a separate and distinct program. For details on this program, visit the Practice Assessments page on the College website or view the Pharmacist Practice Assessment Criteria or the Pharmacy Technician Practice Assessment Criteria.

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 assessments will be conducted on a case-by-case basis. Read our “Information About Remote Assessments” news post to learn more.