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Moratorium on recertification policies for pharmacists authorized to inject

March 6, 2012

ACP council has placed a moratorium on policies requiring that pharmacists authorized to administer injections be recertified every 5 years. The moratorium will remain in place until June 30, 2013.

What does this decision mean?
Until a new decision is made, pharmacists will not be required to recertify to maintain the authorization to administer injections. For pharmacists who are currently authorized to administer injections, the expiry date that was assigned to the authorization will be deferred until further notice. A decision regarding future recertification requirements will be made on or before June 30, 2013.

Why was this decision made?
An increasing number of provinces have approved or are pursuing authority for pharmacists to administer injections. Consistent with the principles of the Agreement on Internal Trade, council recognized the value of taking time to engage with other provincial pharmacy regulatory authorities to discuss recertification and develop consistent requirements rather than developing an Alberta specific recertification process.

The moratorium will provide time to achieve national consensus on:

  • The purpose of recertification;
  • Knowledge and/or competencies that may require recertification; and
  • Preferred methods of recertification.

Work completed by ACP’s Competence Committee will contribute to these discussions.

If you have questions, please contact Linda Hagen, Registry Leader, at or 780-990-0321.