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Consultation underway for DRAFT standards of practice

May 17, 2023
The Standards of Practice for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians have been reimagined—your input is encouraged.

ACP Council has approved DRAFT Standards of Practice for Pharmacy and Pharmacy Technicians (SPPPT) for the purpose of conducting a 60-day consultation with regulated members and interested parties.

The standards have been reimagined to support ACP’s strategic goal to ensure “there is a modern and relevant framework to regulate pharmacy practice.” A key objective with this goal is to ensure “standards are current, relevant, clear, concise, and appropriately balance inputs, processes, and outputs.”

The existing standards of practice were developed in 2007 and, except for a few amendments, have remained mostly unchanged since their inception. The draft standards reflect a shift in pharmacy practice to one that is person-centred and focuses on patient outcomes. The draft standards focus on professional relationships and patient assessment, anticipating the changing nature of pharmacy practice and the evolving roles of regulated members.

As pharmacy practice has changed, so too has the pharmacy team. The draft standards describe the collaborative partnership between pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, and outline the roles, responsibilities, and intersection between the two professions.

The draft standards were developed using a structure that identifies different facets of pharmacy practice. As a result, eight domains define the standards. Each domain has a domain statement that summarizes and contextualizes the standards within that domain.

Development of the standards was informed by a comprehensive environmental scan of standards of practice in different jurisdictions across Canada and internationally, and through the advice of external reviewers including regulated members and members of the public.

For more information on how the draft standards were developed, to review the draft standards in full, and to provide feedback, please visit the consultations section of the ACP website. Comments about the draft standards are invited prior to Wednesday, July 12, 2023, at 4:30 p.m. MT. Council will consider feedback received in late 2023.