Ontario College of Pharmacists
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Pharmacy Act, 1991 and the Drug and Pharmacies Regulation Act
Summary of Decision:
The regulations were filed with the Registrar of Regulations on October 1, 2012, as O. Reg. 302/12 and O. Reg 301/12. The regulations were published on e-laws on October 1, 2012 and published in the Ontario Gazette on October 20, 2012.
This posting is one of three consultations which amended regulations under the Pharmacy Act, 1991 and the Drug and Pharmacies Regulation Act.
January 11, 2011
Summary of Proposal:
Summary of Proposal:
In Ontario, the regulation of health professions is based on a self-governance model. There are 21 health regulatory colleges governing 23 health professions under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA) and their respective health profession Acts. Health regulatory colleges operate at arm's length from the provincial government and independently administer their own internal processes.
Under the RHPA and the Pharmacy Act, 1991, the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP) is responsible for governing the profession of pharmacy in Ontario. Under these Acts and the Drug and Pharmacies Regulation Act, the OCP may make regulations on a variety of subject matters, subject to prior review by the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and approval by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.
Summary of Proposal
The OCP submitted three distinct regulatory proposals to government in 2011 and 2012. In 2011, the OCP submitted regulation proposals under the Pharmacy Act, 1991 and the Drug and Pharmacies Regulation Act. In July 2012, the OCP submitted an amendment to its 2011 proposal under the Pharmacy Act. The amendment proposed to authorize College members to administer influenza vaccine to patients five years of age and older.
The OCP has amended the General Regulation under the Pharmacy Act, 1991 to allow certain members to perform new controlled acts authorized to the profession:
- prescribe specified drugs for smoking cessation;
- adapt and renew existing prescriptions independently;
- administer specific substances by injection or inhalation to a patient for educational purposes;
- administer the influenza vaccine to a patient who is five years of age and older as part of Ontario's Universal Influenza Immunization Program; and,
- prick a patient's skin with a lancet-type device for educational purposes and to support chronic disease monitoring by the patient.
To align the regulations under the Drug and Pharmacies Regulation Act with these new regulation amendments, the OCP has revoked certain provisions of its General Regulation under the Drug and Pharmacies Regulation Act regarding the refilling of prescription by pharmacists.
Contact: Barbara Cadotte, Senior Policy Advisor
Toll Free: 1-800-220-1921
Address: 483 Huron St. Toronto ON M5R 2R4
October 1, 2012