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Reminder: professional declarations must be fulfilled

October 30, 2019
Lessons Learned: Failing to fulfill your professional declarations and not carrying current professional liability insurance can become a costly mistake.

On September 18, 2019, ACP published a Lessons Learned from the Hearing Tribunal article highlighting three of five hearings held recently relating to the conduct of pharmacists who failed to fulfil their professional declaration and failed to meet their regulatory requirement to carry professional liability insurance while on the clinical register.

The remaining two hearing decisions have been posted to the Hearing decisions page on the ACP website (September 23 and September 25, 2019).

Consistent with the penalties assessed in the previous three hearings, the Hearing Tribunals ordered the following for the two most recent cases:

  • a reprimand,
  • a fine of $1,000, and
  • payment of up to a maximum of $7,000 for the September 25 decision and up to a maximum of $10,000 for the September 23 decision towards the costs of the investigations and hearings.

Rationale for the Tribunals’ decisions is reflected in the following statement:

It is a fundamental expectation that when a pharmacist completes their professional declaration, that the statements declared can be counted on to be true.  False declarations, due to errors in judgement, lack of attention, or any other reason – deliberate or not, have the capacity to harm the public and are therefore taken very seriously. (From the September 25, 2019 Hearing Tribunal)

For more, please refer to the September 18, 2019, Link article.