Referral to Panel & Appeals

If for any reason you do not meet all of the requirements to register as a student, intern, pharmacist or pharmacy technician as set out in the Registration Regulations, Council resolutions or Registration Committee policies, your application will be referred to a panel of the Registration Committee (“panel”).

Before making a panel request, please review the policies to see if you can meet a registration requirement without a referral to a panel.

To submit a panel request, you must have completed pre-registration. You may then initiate your panel request from the application (student, intern, pharmacist, or pharmacy technician) in your online member profile.

You must pay the application fee for the certificate of registration before your application and request will be referred to the panel.

You will be notified if the Registrar refers your application to the panel, and given an opportunity to submit further written information to the panel. Any material that you provide to the College to support your application will be provided to the panel. The panel will review your application and all relevant information to determine whether you meet the requirements for the certificate of registration for which you applied. The panel considers applications on a case-by-case basis.

Upcoming Panel dates

Dates are subject to change:

Panel Date Deadline to Submit Application and Fee for Certificate of Registration
September 24, 2021 Deadline Closed
October 22, 2021 September 1, 2021
November 26,2021 October 1, 2021
December 17, 2021 November 1, 2021
January 28, 2022 December 1, 2021


Panel meetings are a review of your paper-based submissions. You do not attend the meeting.

Common Reasons for Referral to the Panel:
  • Re-issuance of an expired student or intern certificate of registration for the purpose of completing any remaining registration requirements
  • Extension of expired validity of the currency of education or the practice-based assessment requirement (e.g., PACE or SPT)
  • Acceptance of non-objective evidence of language proficiency
  • Suitability for registration related to character or capacity
Panel Decisions

College staff will notify you by email of the Panel’s decision within three business days after the meeting. The email will also include information on how to proceed with registration.

If the panel denies your request, you will be provided with a written decision explaining the panel’s reasons within six to eight weeks of the panel meeting date.


If you are dissatisfied with a Registration Panel’s decision, you will have an opportunity to appeal the decision to the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board (HPARB) within 30 days after receiving the written decision. HPARB is an independent tribunal for all health professions established by the Government of Ontario.

If you wish to appeal a decision related to a registration requirement that is set and/or administered by a third party (e.g., the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada), you must follow the appeal process in place for that organization.

If you have questions about Panel referrals email or phone 416-962-4861 ext. 2260.