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.
The approved regulation can be found in the regulatory registry posting number 11-HLTC003.
July 4, 2012
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.
Under the RHPA and the Pharmacy Act, 1991, the Ontario College of Pharmacists (College) is responsible for governing the profession of pharmacy in Ontario. The legislation authorizes the College to make regulations on a variety of subject matters, including in relation to the performance of certain controlled acts, so long as the member performs these controlled acts in accordance with the requirements set out in the regulation. Under the RHPA, all College regulations are subject to prior review by the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and the approval of the Lieutenant Governor in Council.
In March 2011, the College submitted a draft regulation to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (ministry) that, if approved, would allow pharmacists and, under certain circumstances, interns and registered pharmacy students, to administer, by injection or inhalation, substances listed in the regulation for the purpose of patient education and demonstration. The regulation proposal would allow members to prescribe specified drugs for the purpose of smoking cessation; renew and adjust prescriptions; perform a procedure below the dermis for the patient's self care and education or the patient's chronic disease self monitoring, if all the requirements set out the regulation are met. The ministry is currently reviewing this regulation proposal.
In July 2012, the College submitted a new amendment to the ministry. This amendment proposes to authorize College members to administer influenza vaccine to patients five years and older.
The College will submit the results of this consultation to the ministry. The ministry will carefully consider the comments submitted when reviewing the College's regulation proposal.
Contact: Barbara Cadotte, Senior Policy Advisor
Toll Free: 1-800-220-1921
Address: 483 Huron St. Toronto ON M5R 2R4
October 1, 2012