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Code of Ethics forum discoveries

February 24, 2009

There is little “black and white” and a lot of “grey” when it comes to the world of ethics. That was one of the main discoveries of pharmacists at two live forums in Calgary and Edmonton this past week. Forum participants heard an overview of the proposed Code of Ethics and then tested the Code out using five different case studies.

While participants found that the Code provided guidance in all cases, they also discovered how each case is different depending on the details of the situation. That’s why it’s important to remember two things:

1. The Code of Ethics is part of a package. The Code provides guidance about “what” pharmacists and technicians must consider within their professional roles. The regulations and standards provide direction about “how” to conduct yourself.

2. You must always use your professional judgement to guide your actions.

If you were unable to attend a forum, you can still:

1. view the forum slide presentation on the ACP website.

2. submit your comments in writing. Please forward your feedback by Feb. 28, 2009 to:

Grace Magyar
Executive Assistant to the Registrar
Alberta College of Pharmacists
1200 10303 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, AB  T5J 3N6
email –
fax – 780-990-0328

Originally published in the February 24, 2009, issue of The Link