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Proposed amendments to the Standards for the Operation of Licensed Pharmacies

Consultation No. 2022-01A  Open
Submission deadline:  Tuesday, March 15, 2022, at 4:30 p.m. MT


The Alberta College of Pharmacy (ACP) is proposing amendments to the Standards for the Operation of Licensed Pharmacies (SOLP).

On June 17, 2021, Bill 65 (the Health Statutes Amendment Act) was passed, including amendments to the Pharmacy and Drug Act (PDA). The act moves requirements from the Pharmacy and Drug Regulation (PDR) to the college’s standards of practice. This will allow ACP Council to better respond to changing patient needs and the evolving practice of pharmacy. Upon coming into effect, the amendments will provide greater flexibility for the college to consider, accommodate, and adapt to diversity and changing needs in the future.

The proposed amendments to the SOLP include:

  • Incorporating requirements that currently exist in the PDR, including
    • records,
    • types of records,
    • pharmacy area,
    • dispensary,
    • patient services area,
    • distinguishing areas of pharmacy, and
    • product storage.
  • Providing further clarity by incorporating elements of the foundational requirements (FR).
    • The foundational requirements correspond to sections of the PDA, PDR, SOLP and Standards of Practice for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians (SPPPT). Applications for a new pharmacy license are guided by ACP’s Foundational Requirements: Guidance Document for Opening a Licensed Pharmacy. This document provides guidance regarding the requirements that must be met prior to opening a licensed pharmacy.
  • Introducing a requirement that all pharmacies having a community license have a private counselling room.
    • Currently, all pharmacies in which drugs are administered by injection require a private area to accommodate the privacy of patients receiving injections. The availability of a private counselling area is a necessary requirement for pharmacists to effectively and professionally fulfill their contemporary role in patient care. Private counselling areas are also minimum requirements for licensing in some other Canadian jurisdictions.
  • Introducing a requirement that all pharmacies have a sink with hot and cold running water that is readily accessible for hand hygiene at all times and is located outside of segregated compounding rooms.
    • Due to segregated compounding areas in some licensed pharmacies containing the only sink in the pharmacy, some dispensing and patient care areas lack an easily accessible sink. This creates a hand hygiene hazard if pharmacy team members need to wash their hands while the compounding area is in use.

It is proposed that the DRAFT amendments requiring a private counselling room and a sink located outside of compounding areas come into effect

  • at the time of the approved amendments coming into effect (new pharmacies); and,
  • three years from the date of the approved amendments coming into effect (existing pharmacies).

Documents for review and comment period

The following documents outline the proposed amendments:

Comments about the proposed amendments are welcomed prior to 4:30 p.m. MT​ on Tuesday, March 15, 2022. Analysis of all feedback received will be considered at a special meeting of council to be scheduled prior to April 1, 2022.

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