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Authorization to inject

Note during COVID-19 pandemic

 Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting physical distancing requirements, in-person courses previously available to recertify for First Aid and CPR were cancelled. As a result of these cancellations, some providers provided an extension of certification expiry dates.

We have been advised that in-person classes, or a combination of in-person/online instruction, are being held once again. Therefore, all customary ACP requirements to hold current and valid CPR (at minimum, Level C) and First Aid certification will resume.  

As a reminder, written proof of extension may be requested by ACP during the audit of professional declarations, therefore, all applicable documentation must be kept, even after recertification has been successfully obtained.

If your CPR and First Aid certification is expired and you were unable to obtain written proof that your certification has been extended, you should not provide drugs by injection. Once you complete your CPR and First Aid recertification, you may begin to administer drugs by injection again.

What are the prerequisites for obtaining authorization to administer drugs by injection?

1. Be registered on the ACP clinical pharmacist register

2. Demonstrate training in at least one of the following:

3. Provide proof of current and valid CPR level C or HCP

  • Your certificate must be level C or HCP. Level B will not be accepted.
  • You must attend an in-person or blended course. Courses delivered solely online are not acceptable.
  • The course must be offered, and taken, in Canada.

Examples of accepted courses include St. John’s, Red Cross, Heart and Stroke Foundation (Healthcare and Basic Life Support), Advanced Cardiac Life Support.

4. Provide proof of current and valid First Aid certification

  • You must attend an in-person or blended course. Courses delivered solely online are not acceptable.
  • The course must be offered, and taken, in Canada.
  • Standard or Emergency First Aid is acceptable.

If you have any questions about fulfilling this requirement, please contact us at registrationinfo@abpharmacy.ca.


What are the application details and deadlines?

Alberta pharmacists must apply for the authorization within one year of having successfully completed both the education and practical training portions of a CCCEP Competency-Mapped Accredited Immunization and Injection program.

Authorization to administer drugs by injection granted in other Canadian jurisdictions

This is recognized in Alberta, providing applicants submit an application for this authorization and meet the requirements as outlined on the application form.

Pharmacists transferring from another Canadian jurisdiction (e.g., another province) must apply for the authorization before their authorization expires in the province they are transferring from.

Courses/training provided as part of a Canadian faculty of pharmacy curriculum

This training is recognized, provided an applicant applies for the authorization to administer drugs by injection within six months of graduation and meets the requirements outlined on the application form.


How do I apply for authorization to administer drugs by injection?

Complete the application form and submit to ACP, with the supporting documentation by email to registrationinfo@abpharmacy.ca


What happens after I apply?

If authorization is approved, ACP will mail you a practice permit displaying your authorization to administer drugs by injection and update your registrant profile on the website. You may not engage in the restricted activity of administering drugs by injection until your application has been approved by ACP.


How do I renew my authorization to administer drugs by injection?

Pharmacists who have been authorized to administer drugs by injection are required to complete a professional declaration annually as part of their registration renewal indicating that they

  • have and will maintain valid CPR (minimum level C) and First Aid certification (Standard 1.18);
  • have administered an injection within the past three years; and
  • have, within the past 12 months, reviewed the Standards of Practice for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians (Standards 7, 16, and 17) and have in place the required policies and procedures for handling emergencies. 

Pharmacists who are unable to sign the professional declaration will have their authorization to administer injections cancelled. Pharmacists who have not administered an injection within the last three years must re-qualify for the authorization to administer drugs by injection by completing a CCCEP Competency-Mapped Accredited Immunization and Injection program.


How do I reapply for my authorization to administer drugs by injection if previously cancelled?

Complete the authorization reinstatement application form and submit to ACP, with the supporting documentation, by email to registrationinfo@abpharmacy.ca.