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Changes to standards in effect as of March 31, 2023

March 22, 2023
Bill 46 moved some authorities from the regulations to the Standards of Practice for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians.

In 2020, the Alberta government passed the Health Statutes Amendment Act, 2020 (No. 2) (Bill 46), which amended the Health Professions Act (HPA). Among other changes, the act redistributed some authorities from the Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians Profession Regulation to the HPA, the Standards of Practice for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians (SPPPT), and the Alberta College of Pharmacy (ACP) Bylaws. Specifically, the requirements for supervision moved from the regulations into the standards (standard 20), and the use of the term “specialty” moved from the ACP Bylaws into the standards (standard 1.25). The amendments do not change policies that already exist, but rather incorporate them into the SPPPT as required by the amended HPA.

ACP detailed these changes via a public consultation in late 2022, and they will come into force on March 31, 2023. The updated standards are available to view right now on the Standards page.