Emergency Assignment Registration

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The College has initiated emergency assignment (EA) registration to address the workforce need for additional pharmacists and pharmacy technicians that has arisen due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This move follows government approval of regulatory amendments to the Pharmacy Act that were submitted to the Ministry of Health by the College in January 2021 that enable the creation of an emergency assignment registration certificate class of pharmacy professionals.

Over the coming months, both pharmacists and pharmacy technicians will be integral in the delivery of vaccinations through community pharmacies and mass vaccine clinics set up by Public Health Units. As a result, the College is now accepting applications for temporary Emergency Assignment Certificates of Registration for Pharmacists (EA) and Pharmacy Technicians (EA).

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 may extend these certificates for one or more periods of up to 60 days. A policy for extending EA certificates of registration is being prepared and will be posted on the website.

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

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.

There are no fees for EA registration.

Applications for EA registration will be processed within five (5) business days (may be longer during peak processing periods).

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).

If you have questions about the emergency assignment registration process or eligibility, send an email to registrantservices@ocpinfo.com or phone 416-962-4861 or 1-800-220-1921 ext. 3400.

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