Emergency Assignment Registration

Latest Update September 24, 2021

The College is extending access to existing emergency assignment (EA) registration certificate holders until November 19, 2021. No new EA registration certificates will be issued after September 19, 2021. The College, in collaboration with government, will continue to monitor the ongoing need for emergency certificates beyond the current expiry date and will continue to consider the evolving demands on pharmacy services during the pandemic, including the role they continue to play in provincial COVID-19 vaccination efforts.

If you are already registered as an EA registrant, your EA certificate of registration will be extended for another 60 days. To be able to practise in the scope of the profession or to administer the COVID-19 vaccine, you must have a valid EA or other certificate of registration that allows you to practise.

If you are the employer of an EA registrant, you must no longer schedule your EA registrant employee(s) once their certificate of registration has expired (see the EA registrants list) unless they have another valid certificate of registration that allows them to practise. You are responsible for ensuring the registrant is supervised according to that other certificate of registration.

Please refer to our FAQs to answer questions about the conclusion of the EA registration process.

This page provides information about the registration requirements, registration process and practice for emergency assignment registrants.

How Emergency Assignment Registration works

In the event of an emergency situation that the Government of Ontario believes will require increased availability of pharmacy professionals able to practise to full scope in order to maintain sufficient access to pharmacy services for the public, the Government may request that the College issue emergency assignment certificates of registration for pharmacists and/or pharmacy technicians. General Regulation 202/94 under the Pharmacy Act, 1991 allows the Registrar to issue these emergency assignment certificates of registration.

Activation of Emergency Assignment Certificates of Registration

Certificates of registration for pharmacists (emergency assignment or “EA”) and pharmacy technicians (emergency assignment or “EA”) will only be valid if:

  • The Government of Ontario has requested that the College issue these certificates of registration, and
  • The Registrar has issued these certificates.

A certificate of registration as a pharmacist (EA) or pharmacy technician (EA) expires in 60 days.

The Registrar, in conjunction with the Ministry of Health, may extend EA certificates of  registration if required for one or more periods of up to 60 days to ensure Ontarians have access to adequate numbers of qualified, skilled and competent regulated pharmacy professionals.

The Registrar may also revoke an EA certificate of registration. Revocation of an EA certificate will become effective immediately.

Once the Government and the Registrar have determined there is no longer a need for EA registration, every EA certificate of registration will expire 60 days after it was issued. No EA certificate will be extended, and no new EA certificates will be issued.

Eligibility

The pharmacist (EA) applicant must:

OR

  • Currently be registered in good standing and practicing as a pharmacist in Canada or the United States of America,

OR

  • Have been registered in good standing and practiced as a pharmacist in Canada or the United States of America within the three years prior to submitting their application for an EA certificate of registration.

The pharmacy technician (EA) applicant must:

  • Have met the education requirement to register as a pharmacy technician by having:
    • Graduated from a CCAPP-accredited pharmacy education program within the two years prior to submitting their application; or
    • Graduated from an ACPE-accredited pharmacy degree program within the two years prior to submitting their application; or
    • Graduated from a PEBC-recognized pharmacy education program and successfully completed within the two years prior to submitting their application:
      • Parts 1 and 2 of the PEBC Qualifying Exam for Pharmacy Technicians on their first attempt of each, or
      • The International Pharmacy Graduates Program (IPG Program), or
      • All required bridging education;

OR

  • Currently be registered in good standing and practicing as a pharmacy technician in Canada (except Quebec),

OR

  • Have been registered in good standing and practiced as a pharmacy technician in Canada (except Quebec) within the three years prior to submitting their application.

The pharmacist (EA) or pharmacy technician (EA) applicant must also meet the registration requirements for language proficiency and good character, and have Canadian citizenship or legal status in Canada and personal professional liability insurance.

The EA registrant may or may not have successfully completed the Jurisprudence Exam, the relevant Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada’s Qualifying Exam, or the College’s practice-based assessment of competence.

Registration Process – No new applications accepted after September 19, 2021

To apply for an EA certificate of registration, the applicant must submit the application provided below that is most relevant to them, and all required supporting documentation outlined on the application form.

  • Pharmacist (Emergency Assignment) Application Form – Unavailable
  • Pharmacy Technician (Emergency Assignment) Application Form – Unavailable

There are no fees for EA registration.

Expected application processing times for EA registration is currently 10 business days (may be longer due to peak processing periods or due to high volume of applications received).

Mandatory Reporting of Workplace(s) and Supervising Pharmacist(s)

Like all pharmacy practitioners, EA registrants must inform the College in writing of their workplace(s).

Since pharmacists (EA) and pharmacy technicians (EA) may not have successfully completed the Jurisprudence Exam, the relevant Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada’s Qualifying Exam or the College’s practice-based assessment of competence, their practice must be supervised by a pharmacist listed in Part A of the College’s Public Register. The College’s expectations for pharmacists supervising pharmacists (EA) or pharmacy technicians (EA) are outlined in this guideline document.

The pharmacist (EA) or pharmacy technician (EA) must report to the College using this form their intended workplace(s) and supervising pharmacist(s) before beginning to practise at the practice site. The EA registrant’s workplace information will be posted on the Public Register.

Scope of Practice

The pharmacist (EA) or pharmacy technician (EA) will be able to practise to the full scope of their certificate of registration. The EA registrant may administer the COVID-19 vaccine if they have the required injection training [and for pharmacists (EA) valid certification in CPR and First Aid], and have been engaged to do so by an organization or other entity that has an agreement with the Minister of Health. They must register their injection training with the College. A pharmacist (EA) cannot be the Designated Manager of a pharmacy.

If an EA registrant holds another certificate of registration (e.g., intern, Part B pharmacist), the terms, conditions and limitations of that other certificate shall not apply while the registrant has an EA certificate of registration.

Professional Designation

While working in a pharmacy or any other environment where patient care is being provided, the EA registrant must clearly identify themselves as a pharmacist (emergency assignment) or pharmacy technician (emergency assignment).

Extending Emergency Assignment Certificates of Registration

If EA registration is extended, the College will notify every EA registrant whether or not their EA certificate of registration will be extended. The new certificate of registration expiry date will be noted on the list of EA registrants posted on the Public Register.

Like all pharmacy practitioners, EA registrants must:

If an EA registrant no longer has the required PPLI or work authorization, or no longer wishes to be registered as an EA registrant, they must notify the College in writing at registrantservices@ocpinfo.com and cease practising.

EA registrants will not be eligible for an extension of their EA certificate of registration if:

  • They have fully registered as a pharmacist or as a pharmacy technician
  • They no longer have PPLI
  • They are no longer entitled to work in Ontario
  • The Registrar has revoked their EA certificate of registration
  • In the opinion of the Registrar, there is evidence to suggest the EA registrant is not suitable for EA registration with the College.

College Contact: registrantservices@ocpinfo.com / regprograms@ocpinfo.com

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