Interns still need supervising

April 30, 2013

This spring’s PEBC results will be released on July 8. A pharmacy intern cannot be licensed as a clinical pharmacist until ACP receives confirmation that the intern has successfully passed the Qualifying Examination.

  • Interns must continue to work under supervision until they are licensed as a clinical pharmacist.
  • Supervisors must be readily available for consultation by the individual they are supervising and, if necessary, available to provide hands-on assistance to that individual.
  • Licensees must ensure that all pharmacy staff are properly trained, initially assessed before providing restricted activities, and are then properly supervised in accordance with Standards 3.5, 3.6 and 3.7 of the Standards for the Operation of Licensed Pharmacies.

Section 17 of the Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians Profession Regulation states that:

(1) A provisional pharmacist is authorized to perform, within the practice of pharmacists and in accordance with the Standards of Practice for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians, the restricted activities referred to in Section 16 under the supervision of a clinical pharmacist or courtesy pharmacist.

(2) The supervision under subsection (1) may be either direct supervision or indirect supervision, as the supervising clinical pharmacist or courtesy pharmacist considers appropriate to ensure the safe and effective performance of the restricted activity.

A pharmacist may allow an intern to work under indirect supervision if the following conditions are met:

The pharmacy has procedures in place that:

  • comply with the Standards of Practice for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians,
  • ensure the safety and integrity of the drugs dispensed or compounded by the individual the pharmacist is supervising;
  • The pharmacist can ensure that the individual they are indirectly supervising complies with the procedures; and
  • The pharmacist is readily available for consultation by the individual they are supervising and, if necessary, available to provide hands-on assistance to that individual

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