Ordering a lab test can be part of considering appropriate information for a patient. However, keep in mind that standards and legislation limit which tests pharmacists may order.
Pharmacists must only order lab tests if indicated to assist in the management of drug therapy for a patient.
Pharmacists may not order:
- Any form of ionizing or non-ionizing radiation; these are restricted activities. In other words, pharmacists may not order x-rays, ultrasounds, or MRIs.1
- Any test which is beyond their personal competency to order or interpret.2
- Any test for which they are not prepared to take appropriate action on if the results of the test are outside the normal or expected range.2
- Any test that is already available from another source.2
- Any test for patients with whom they haven’t developed a professional relationship.2
Want to know more about ordering lab tests?
These sources outline the process, requirements, and best practices.
- Guidelines for pharmacists ordering laboratory tests and using laboratory data
- Standard 3, Standards of Practice for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians
- Ordering lab tests information page on the ACP website
 Schedule 7.1, Government Organization Act
 Standard 3, Standards of Practice for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians