Draft standards on sexual abuse and sexual misconduct

Consultation No. 2018-12 Open
Submission deadline: Tuesday, February 12, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. MT

Summary and background

On November 19, 2018, Bill 21—An Act to Protect Patients—was passed by the Alberta Legislature. The legislation includes amendments to the Health Professions Act to address sexual abuse and sexual misconduct of patients by regulated health professionals.

The legislation requires that colleges regulating health professionals develop standards of practice

  • setting out who is a patient for the purposes of the college’s regulated members,
  • respecting when a sexual relationship may occur between a regulated member or former member and a patient, and
  • respecting when a person who is a spouse of or in an adult interdependent relationship with a regulated member may also be a patient.

The Council of the Alberta College of Pharmacy has approved DRAFT standards for consultation as required under the Health Professions Act. All pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are encouraged to review the DRAFT standards independently and with team members. It is important that you understand the DRAFT standards and provide feedback to our college about any points that may be unclear or that you feel could be enhanced. Reasons supporting your feedback will provide valuable context for our review and follow-up.

While we are inviting a 60-day consultation period, the amendments to the Act allow the Minister to shorten this period. Therefore, it is important that you conduct your review and provide us your feedback as soon as possible. Council will consider amendments that may arise resulting from the feedback, and must submit our final proposal to the Minister, for her approval, prior to February 28, 2019. Upon the Minister’s approval, the new standards will come into effect April 1, 2019.


Document for review and comment period

Pursuant to section 133(1) of the Health Professions Act, ACP Council has approved the following DRAFT standards for consultation:

Please provide your comments by completing the online feedback form and submit by 11:59 p.m. MT on Tuesday, February 12, 2019.

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