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New registration year, new CE cycle

June 30, 2015

Thank you pharmacists for submitting your professional portfolios and providing feedback on the Continuing Competence Program (CCP). According to our survey, 82 per cent of pharmacists “strongly agreed/agreed” that the CCP helped them to maintain and/or improve their professional competence. We’ll include a summary of your feedback and accordingly, some of the enhancements we’ve made to the CCP portal in the July/August issue of ACP news (out mid-July).

Here’s a teaser:

“I felt that the new learning format was a very good change to the way CEUs are completed and recorded as it makes us, in a good way, be more accountable for our learning.” – Alberta pharmacist

Back to the new CE cycle:  the 2015/2016 cycle is now activated and you can start entering your Learning Records and completing the prescribed activity for 2015/2016. 

For the 2015/2016 CE cycle, pharmacists must complete the Jurisprudence Self-Assessment tool (located in the Self-Assessment section of the CCP portal). This tool will support you in assessing your jurisprudence knowledge and help you identify potential learning needs. ACP will NOT be monitoring or keeping track of your results—this is for your own continuing professional development.

Jurisprudence is not only about drug schedules and prescription regulations, it is about your everyday pharmacy practice, patient care, and prescribing. It is your responsibility, regardless of where you practise, to be aware of and understand the current Standards of Practice, Code of Ethics, and federal and provincial legislation that define expectations of your practice.

What are the annual competence program requirements?

Every year, all pharmacists on the clinical register are required to:

  1. Complete at least 15 CEUs during the CE cycle and document each learning activity on one or more Learning Records;
  2. Implement at least one CEU equivalent of learning into their practice and document this on an Implementation Record; and
  3. Complete required learning assigned by the Competence Committee. For the 2015/2016 CE cycle, this is completion of the Jurisprudence Self-Assessment tool.

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