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Emergency registration for COVID-19 pandemic

To help support the increased demand for health services during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alberta Health Emergency Operation Centre has asked regulated health professions to facilitate the return of retired or otherwise nonpracticing members to practice.

In response to this, ACP has developed a policy to allow individuals who recently became inactive (not on the clinical pharmacist register or pharmacy technician register in Alberta within the last three years) and/or are actively registered within another Canadian jurisdiction to be granted

  • conditional registration solely for the emergency purposes of providing professional services in Alberta during the COVID-19 pandemic, and
  • a practice permit, with conditions, until July 31, 2020.

No registration or practice permit fees will be assessed to individuals who register for this emergency purpose.

If you are able, we encourage you to consider the opportunity to temporarily return to practice to provide care to Albertans during this challenging time. In doing so, we remind you to respect the current public health directives on self-isolation following travel and be mindful of your own potential vulnerabilities such as pre-existing conditions.

Pharmacists

Pharmacists who are inactive within Alberta within the last three years

If it has been less than 3 years since you were an active pharmacist in good standing in Alberta, you may be eligible for conditional registration on the Alberta College of Pharmacy’s clinical pharmacist register solely for the emergency purposes of providing professional services in Alberta during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are currently registered within another Canadian jurisdiction, please refer to the process outlined for pharmacists currently registered within another jurisdiction in Canada.

If your application is approved, you will be registered on the clinical pharmacist register on the condition that your registration will terminate on July 31, 2020. You will not be eligible for practice permit renewal and conditions will be placed on the practice permit issued to you:

  • Conditional registration as a clinical pharmacist is granted for the specific purpose of providing professional services in Alberta during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Not authorized to be a pharmacy licensee.
  • Other conditions deemed necessary by the Alberta College of Pharmacy.

Please note that, subject to the approval of council, an extension of the above term (July 31, 2020) may be considered if the duration of the pandemic continues.

If you are interested in temporarily returning to practice, you may wish to consider the Alberta Pharmacists’ Association (RxA) career opportunities page to identify pharmacies seeking assistance.

Note: For information on discounted CPBA Professional Liability Insurance visit the RxA website.

Eligibility requirements

If your registration status has been inactive for less than one year, you must complete the requirements and declarations set out in the application form to the satisfaction of the Registrar. However, the Competence section of the Professional Declaration is not mandatory.

If your registration status has been inactive (i.e., cancelled, associate, retired) for more than one year, but less than three years, you must complete the requirements and declarations set out in the application form to the satisfaction of the Registrar, including the Competence section of the Professional Declaration. These requirements include

Submit your application

If you meet the eligibility requirements, submit your completed application including all required documentation to registrationinfo@abpharmacy.ca. Please allow 5 business days for processing of your application. You will be advised via email once a decision on your application has been made.

Pharmacists currently registered within another jurisdiction in Canada

If you are currently an active pharmacist in good standing registered in another Canadian province or territory, you may be eligible for conditional registration on the Alberta College of Pharmacy’s courtesy register solely for the emergency purposes of providing professional services in Alberta during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If your application is approved, you will be registered on the courtesy register until July 31, 2020, and conditions will be placed on your practice permit:

  • Registration is granted for the specific purpose of providing professional services in Alberta during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Not authorized to serve as a licensee.
  • Must continue to be registered in good standing in the current Canadian province or territory in which you are registered.
  • Other conditions deemed necessary by the Alberta College of Pharmacy.

Please note that, subject to council approval, an extension of the above term (July 31, 2020) may be considered if the duration of the pandemic continues. If an extension occurs reapplication will not be required, and no registration or practice permit fees will be assessed.

You may wish to consider the Alberta Pharmacists’ Association (RxA) career opportunities page to identify pharmacies seeking assistance.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for consideration,

  • ACP must be able to verify your status as a pharmacist in another province or territory; and
  • you must complete the following requirements and declare completion in the Competence section of the Professional Declaration found in the application form.

The requirements include

Submit your application

If you meet the eligibility requirements, submit your completed application including all required documentation to registrationinfo@abpharmacy.ca. Please allow 5 business days for processing of your application. You will be advised via email once a decision on your application has been made.

Pharmacy technicians

Pharmacy technicians who are inactive within Alberta within the last three years

If it has been less than three years since you were an active pharmacy technician in good standing in Alberta, you may be eligible for conditional registration on the Alberta College of Pharmacy’s pharmacy technician register solely for the emergency purposes of providing professional services in Alberta during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are currently registered within another Canadian jurisdiction, please refer to the process outlined for pharmacy technicians currently registered with another jurisdiction in Canada.

If your application is approved, you will be registered on the pharmacy technician register on the condition that your registration will terminate on July 31, 2020. You will not be eligible for practice permit renewal and conditions will be placed on the practice permit issued to you:

  • Conditional registration as a pharmacy technician is granted for the specific purpose of providing professional services in Alberta during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Other conditions deemed necessary by the Alberta College of Pharmacy.

If your registration status has been inactive for less than one year, you must complete the requirements and declarations set out in the application form to the satisfaction of the Registrar. However, the requirements outlined in the Competence section of the Professional Declaration are not mandatory (i.e., you may select N/A).

Eligibility requirements

If your registration status has been inactive (i.e., cancelled, associate, retired) for more than one year but less than three years, you must complete the requirements and declarations set out in the application form to the satisfaction of the Registrar, including the Competence section of the Professional Declaration. These requirements include:

If applicable to your practice site and the professional services you intend to provide:

Please note that, subject to the approval of council, an extension of the above term (July 31, 2020) may be considered if the duration of the pandemic continues.

If you are interested in temporarily returning to practice, you may wish to consider the Pharmacy Technician Society of Alberta (PTSA) job posts page to identify pharmacies seeking assistance.

Submit your application

If you meet the eligibility requirements, submit your completed application including all required documentation to registrationinfo@abpharmacy.ca. Please allow 5 business days for processing of your application. You will be advised via email once a decision on your application has been made.

Pharmacy technicians currently registered with another jurisdiction in Canada

If you are currently an active pharmacy technician in good standing registered in another Canadian province or territory, you may be eligible for conditional registration on the Alberta College of Pharmacy’s courtesy pharmacy technician register solely for the emergency purposes of providing professional services in Alberta during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If your application is approved, you will be registered on the courtesy pharmacy technician register until July 31, 2020, and conditions will be placed on your practice permit:

  • Registration is granted for the specific purpose of providing professional services in Alberta during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Must continue to be registered in good standing in the current Canadian province or territory in which you are registered.
  • Other conditions deemed necessary by the Alberta College of Pharmacy.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for consideration,

  • ACP must be able to verify your status as a pharmacy technician in another province or territory; and
  • you must complete the following requirements and declare completion in the Competence section of the Professional Declaration found in the application form.

These requirements include:

If applicable to your practice site and the professional services you intend to provide:

Please note that, subject to the approval of council, an extension of the above term (July 31, 2020) may be considered if the duration of the pandemic continues.

If you are interested in temporarily returning to practice, you may wish to consider the Pharmacy Technician Society of Alberta (PTSA) job posts page to identify pharmacies seeking assistance https://ptsa.ca/job-board/

Submit your application

If you meet the eligibility requirements, submit your completed application including all required documentation to registrationinfo@abpharmacy.ca. Please allow 5 business days for processing of your application. You will be advised via email once a decision on your application has been made.