The licensee is the pharmacist who applies for and holds the pharmacy licence under the Pharmacy and Drug Act to operate a pharmacy. Only a pharmacist may apply for a licence. The licensee personally manages, controls, and supervises the practice of pharmacy in the pharmacy in accordance with the Pharmacy and Drug Act and any order made under the Act, the Code of Ethics, and the Standards for the Operation of Licensed Pharmacies.
All pharmacists applying for a pharmacy licence must meet certain criteria to provide assurance to ACP that the prospective licensee is qualified and capable of fulfilling their legislative responsibilities and the proposed pharmacy will be operated in compliance with the legislation that governs the practice of pharmacy in Alberta.
The following criteria apply to prospective licensees who wish to open a new pharmacy and apply for a new pharmacy licence. The criteria also apply to pharmacists applying to be the licensee of an existing pharmacy.
Pharmacy licensee applicants may provide additional information to ACP to support their application and, upon application, the registrar may approve an applicant upon considering other qualifying attributes.
To fulfil the responsibilities and obligations of a licensee, you must have an active presence at the pharmacy to personally supervise day-to-day operations and ensure that practice proceeds in accordance with the law that governs pharmacy operations, drug distribution, the practice of pharmacists, and the practice of pharmacy technicians. If the licensee is temporarily away for vacation or a short-term leave that is less than 90 days, the licensee must assign a temporary pharmacist in charge (TPIC) to oversee the pharmacy in their absence. If the licensee is temporarily away for more than 90 days or if the licensee resigns or ceases to be responsible for the pharmacy, the licence terminates and the pharmacy must close unless a new licensee is approved or the pharmacy is immediately put under the personal management, control, and supervision of an approved TPIC.