DRAFT Continuing Competence Standards of Practice

Consultation No. 2022-06A  Open
Submission deadline:  Monday, August 22, 2022, at 4:30 p.m. MT

Background

The Health Statutes Amendment Act, 2020 (No. 2) (“Bill 46”) received Royal Assent in December 2020 and included provisions affecting how continuing competence programs (CCPs) are established and operated by regulatory colleges. The amendments include providing authority for the CCPs in the form of standards of practice, rather than regulations, which provides more flexibility for colleges to oversee the CCPs. In general, continuing competence standards of practice must establish the CCP and specify if the program includes practice visits, examinations, interviews, or other competence assessments. No changes to the Alberta College of Pharmacy’s (ACP) CCP are proposed.

In general, these standards follow a similar format to the existing Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians Profession Regulation (PPTPR) by describing what the CCP entails. Any supplementary information that describes how the CCP is carried out will appear within the CCP Manual. The defined cycles for the CCP, as well as the process to request a review of a decision by the Competence Committee, will soon appear in the ACP Bylaws.

Changes of note:

  • Definitions were kept to a minimum to ensure no duplication for terms that are defined elsewhere in the regulatory framework, mainly the Health Professions Act (HPA).
  • Standard 2 is largely based on the information contained within s24 of the PPTPR, but it is not exactly the same. The standards contain a more contemporary description of the CCP which includes the Practice Improvement Program (PIP) that launched in January 2022.
  • Standards 13 and 14, “Actions to be taken,” are significantly simplified compared to what was contained within s30 of the PPTPR, as the information is now in s40.1(1) of the HPA.

Documents for review and comment period

The following documents outline the proposed amendments:

Comments about the proposed amendments are welcomed prior to 4:30 p.m. MT​ on Monday, August 22, 2022. Council will consider feedback received at its next scheduled meeting in September 2022.

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