Standards of Practice
These Standards of Practice outline the minimum standards that all registered pharmacists and pharmacy technicians must meet.
Regardless of a practitioner’s position or practice environment, when a pharmacist or pharmacy technician performs a specific role, they must perform it to the level specified in the Standards of Practice and meet all of the standards associated with that role.
The Standards of Practice outline how all aspects of pharmacy practice are meant to be delivered to mitigate risk and maximize health outcomes. The College expects that pharmacists and pharmacy technicians will diligently practice to these Standards.
Standards of Practice
The College has adopted the Standards of Practice developed by the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) as the standards governing the practice of pharmacy in Ontario.
- Model Standards of Practice for Pharmacists
- Model Standards of Practice for Pharmacy Technicians
- Supplemental Standards of Practice for Schedule II and Schedule III Drugs
- Supplemental Standard of Practice: Mandatory Standardized Medication Safety Program in Ontario Pharmacies
Sterile Compounding Standards
The College has adopted the following as the standard for sterile compounding in Ontario.
Non-Sterile Compounding Standards
The College has adopted the following as the standard for non-sterile compounding in Ontario.
This was approved by Council in December 2017 for a three phased implementation by January 1, 2021.
Implementation priorities and timelines for completion of each phase are:
- Phase 1: January 1, 2020 - Assessing Risks and Gaps
- Phase 2: July 1, 2020 - Personnel Training and Quality Assurance
- Phase 3: January 1, 2021 - Facilities and Equipment
Learn more about the priorities and timelines on the Non-Sterile Compounding Key Initiative.
The College provides the following standards on long-term care.
Pharmacy Practice Management Systems
NAPRA has produced these additional resources regarding PPMS.
- Pharmacy Practice Management Systems: Requirements to Support NAPRA's Model Standards of Practice for Canadian Pharmacists.