Pharmacy technicians officially became regulated healthcare professionals in Ontario in December 2010. Pharmacy technicians play an important role with respect to product preparation, and support pharmacists so they are able to provide more comprehensive patient care services to the public. Pharmacy technicians must:
- Complete an accredited pharmacy technician education program before registering with the College
- Train and become qualified in applicable aspects of handling medications, including dispensing prescription and non-prescription medications
- Train in the principles of good pharmaceutical care
- Understand applicable healthcare and pharmacy laws governing pharmaceuticals, pharmacist/technician roles and pharmacy operations
- Speak at least one of Ontario’s official languages—English or French— fluently
- Complete provincial and national examinations on pharmacy practice and applicable pharmacy laws and standards for pharmacy technicians
As an Ontario pharmacy technician in good standing, your pharmacy technician follows:
- All legal requirements necessary to operate as an Ontario health professional including professional conduct rules, patient care and confidentiality
- The Standards of Practice for Pharmacy Technicians as set by National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities
- The Code of Ethics as set by the Ontario College of Pharmacists
- All legal requirements for practising in and/or operating a pharmacy
“Pharmacy technician” is a restricted title in Ontario and as such, only pharmacy technicians who are registered with the Ontario College of Pharmacists can use this title. You can find a registered pharmacy technician in Ontario using the College’s “Find a Pharmacy or Pharmacy Professional” tool (our public register).
Often, other staff work in or near the pharmacy area. It is important to know that these staff operate under the supervision of the pharmacist or pharmacy technician and must maintain the confidentiality of all patient information that is received in the pharmacy. Staff may include pharmacy assistants, cashiers, drivers, stock people, etc.