Provincial Regulation Expands Healthcare Scope of Practice in Hospitals

Posted:Apr 26th, 2021
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On April 22, 2021 the provincial government issued a new regulation under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, 1990 that expands the scope of practice for healthcare professionals, including pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, to respond to, prevent or alleviate the effects of COVID-19 for patients in hospitals. The new regulation only applies to health professionals working in hospitals.

The College thanks pharmacy professionals who have taken on additional responsibilities during the pandemic, and appreciates the way in which the profession has stepped up to ensure access to care is maintained. A Message from the Registrar and CEO has been sent to all registrants acknowledging their commitment to help Ontarians remain safe and healthy through the remainder of the pandemic and beyond.

Pharmacy professionals working in hospital settings are reminded that while the new regulation authorizes them to practice beyond their normal scope, they must continue to exercise their knowledge, skills and judgment when providing patient care.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a public health emergency, and as such the College will continue to consider the unprecedented impact of the pandemic on the profession and the broader healthcare system as it carries out its legislated regulatory mandate. The College has provided professional guidance throughout the pandemic to support registrants as well as those who operate or manage a pharmacy to help them deliver safe care while protecting the health and safety of those who serve our communities every day.

The College will continue to monitor the pandemic and provide updates relevant to pharmacy practice. As always, registrants are reminded to stay up-to-date on the most current COVID-19 information posted on our COVID-19 Updates for Professionals web page.