Resigning & Reinstating

Resigning from the Register

There are a number of circumstances where you may wish to consider resigning from the College Register. Examples include retirement, parental leave or if you are relocating outside the province.

If you resign from the Register:

  • You are not permitted to practice pharmacy in the province of Ontario
  • You are not permitted to use the protected title of “pharmacist” or “pharmacy technician”
  • You are not required to pay your annual renewal fee or to maintain personal professional liability insurance
  • You may apply for reinstatement of your registration within three years of the date of your resignation if you meet the required conditions
  • The College retains the ability to investigate allegations of professional misconduct and incompetence if the alleged conduct occurred while you were a registrant of the College. Any outstanding investigation matters will be noted for consideration if you apply for reinstatement or registration with the College in the future
  • The College has no jurisdiction to initiate inquiries into your health or to continue with ongoing inquiries into your health after you have resigned from the College. Any outstanding inquiry into your health once you have resigned will be noted for consideration if you apply for reinstatement or registration with the College in the future

If you are considering resigning, you are encouraged to do so before the March 10 annual renewal date each year.

Note: If you are a Part A (patient care) pharmacist and wondering if you should resign from the Register or move to Part B (no patient care), please see Maintaining Your Registration FAQs.

How to Resign

During the annual renewal period (late January to March 10), you may submit your resignation using the online annual renewal portal. Outside of this period, please send an email to registrantservices@ocpinfo.com with your request to resign and the effective date.

Reinstatement of Registration

If you resign from the College, you can reinstate your registration under certain conditions.

Within Three Years of the Date of Resignation

If you are a former pharmacist or pharmacy technician registrant who was in good standing when you resigned, you may apply for reinstatement if you:

Pharmacists are automatically reinstated into Part B of the Two-Part Register. Once in Part B (do not provide patient care), pharmacists may move to Part A (provide patient care).

You may reinstate directly into Part A if you:

  • Were not in the Quality Assurance Program process prior to resignation
  • Had performed at least 600 hours of patient care in Canada or the United States in the three years immediately before the date you resigned
After Three Years from Date of Resignation

If you resigned as a pharmacist or pharmacy technician from the Register more than three years ago and wish to return to practice in Ontario, you may apply to re-register (not reinstate) as a pharmacist or pharmacy technician. You must meet the registration requirements for new applicants. Your pharmacy education, PEBC certificate of qualification and practical training requirements would be considered to have been met. However, you will be required to successfully complete the Jurisprudence Exam and demonstrate the currency of your practice.

After Revocation

If your registration with the College as a pharmacist or pharmacy technician was revoked, you may only be reinstated by order of a panel of the Discipline Committee.

Emeritus

Applications for the Emeritus designation were closed as of March 10, 2022.

College Contact: registrantservices@ocpinfo.com