Emergency Assignment (EA) Registration FAQs

The College and the provincial government have determined that the need for pharmacy services in Ontario can be safely and adequately met with the regular pharmacy workforce and the current cohort of EA registrants. Should demand on the pharmacy workforce increase, EA registration could be re-activated.

EA registration is intended to maintain sufficient access to pharmacy services for the public in the event of an emergency situation. Local recruitment issues and staffing shortages are not grounds for issuing new EA certificates of registration on an as-needed basis.

If you moved from Part A to Part B and had provided patient care within the past three years, you are eligible to register as a pharmacist (emergency assignment).

If you have been a Part B pharmacist for greater than three years, you will not be eligible to register as a pharmacist (EA).

While registered as a pharmacist (EA), you may—and are encouraged to—continue your pharmacist registration process by preparing for and attempting PACE, and by taking the Jurisprudence Exam and the PEBC Qualifying Exam. If you attempt PACE while registered as a pharmacist (EA), your PACE assessor must still directly supervise and observe your practice.

If you meet all of the pharmacist registration requirements while registered as a pharmacist (EA), you may apply to register as a pharmacist. Once you have fully registered as a pharmacist, your EA certificate of registration will expire 60 days after it was last issued.

Once EA registration has ended, you will revert to your former intern/student status and scope of practice, and be required to meet all of the registration requirements for final registration as a pharmacist. As an intern/student, you must practise under appropriate supervision.

The expiry date of your intern/student certificate of registration will not change. If your certificate of registration is about to expire while you are practising as a pharmacist (EA), you should request an extension of your intern/student certificate from a panel of the Registration Committee.

While registered as a pharmacy technician (EA), you may—and are encouraged to—continue your pharmacy technician registration process by taking the Jurisprudence Exam and the PEBC Qualifying Exam. If you are undergoing SPT and wish to register as a pharmacy technician (EA), please contact an OCP Registration Advisor at regprograms@ocpinfo.com to discuss your individualized plan for completing your training.

If you meet all of the pharmacy technician registration requirements while registered as a pharmacy technician (EA), you may apply to register as a pharmacy technician. Once you have fully registered as a pharmacy technician, your EA certificate of registration will expire 60 days after it was last issued.

To pursue full registration as a pharmacy technician in Ontario, you will need to follow the entire registration pathway that is relevant to you. This will begin with opening an online file, paying the initial application fee, and submitting all required supporting documentation.

All registrants must have valid personal professional liability insurance coverage when they submit their application to OCP and while they are registered with OCP.

OCP does not endorse one insurance provider over another. Since every provider’s insurance package differs, you should check with your insurance provider to confirm that your current insurance policy covers you while you are registered and wherever you may be practising as an EA registrant before you submit your application. If your current insurance policy does not provide you with full coverage as specified in the current By-Laws, you will need to obtain the insurance coverage to meet this registration requirement.

As a supervising pharmacist, you should assess the EA registrant’s competence by considering their experience practising in their full scope in Ontario (or a similar jurisdiction), and by initially observing their performance in practice. Based on your assessment, you and the EA registrant should discuss and agree on the types of practice activities they may perform independently, and when and how you will be consulted about practice matters. More information about the expectations for pharmacists supervising EA registrants and the documentation requirements are on this guideline document.

If you will be supervising a pharmacist (EA), you may wish to use the PACE assessment criteria, the community pharmacist practice assessment criteria or the hospital, family health team, and long-term care pharmacist practice assessment criteria as a guide to assessing their readiness for independent practice.

If you will be supervising a pharmacy technician (EA),you may wish to use the community and hospital pharmacy technician practice assessment criteria as a guide to assessing their readiness for independent practice.

If you have the required injection training [and for pharmacists (EA) valid certification in CPR and First Aid] and have registered your injection training with the College, you may administer the COVID-19 vaccine in a public health or mass immunization clinic. The Part A pharmacist supervising your practice must meet the expectations outlined in this guidance document, and does not have to be physically present.

If you did not have or did not register your injection training with the College when you registered as an EA registrant, please inform the College of this change by email to registrantservices@ocpinfo.com.