A hospital pharmacy is licensed to operate in or for a hospital, providing pharmacy services to patients who are admitted to the hospital.
- The hospital pharmacy must operate in or for a hospital.
- The hospital pharmacy must service inpatients (and may also service outpatients).
- Apply for a New Hospital Pharmacy Licence
Submit the following documents to the College and allow 10 business days for processing:
- Application for New Hospital Pharmacy Licence;
- Pharmacy diagram;
- Acknowledgement of Completion of Confidentiality Procedures (if PharmaNet connection is required);
- Hospital pharmacy's valid business licence issued by the municipality (if applicable)
Note: In order to avoid delays in processing your pre-opening documents, refer to the resource guides below before you start.
- Pharmacy diagram – use this checklist to ensure that all requirements are included in the pharmacy diagram;
- Business Licence Requirements for Pharmacy Licence
Upon approval of phase 1 of the new hospital pharmacy application process by the College, an email notification will be sent to the pharmacy manager to schedule an on-site hospital pharmacy pre-opening review within 20 business days prior to the opening date.
The College will also notify Health Insurance BC (HIBC) of the Ministry of Health who will then initiate their processes for PharmaNet installation and PharmaCare provider enrollment (if required).
Note: It may take up to 50 business days for PharmaNet installation. The College is not responsible for their timelines. Direct any questions regarding PharmaNet installation and PharmaCare provider enrollment to HIBC.
- Build the Hospital Pharmacy
Build the new hospital pharmacy as drawn in the diagram approved by the College.
Notify the College at email@example.com if there is a change in the original diagram submitted or the proposed opening date that was originally indicated in your Application for New Hospital Pharmacy Licence to avoid delays in the next phase of the process.
- Pre-Opening Inspection
A College inspector will conduct a scheduled pre-opening inspection at the hospital pharmacy using the Pre-opening Inspection Report for Hospital Pharmacies. Pharmacy managers are encouraged to use this form as a self-audit prior to the pre-opening inspection.
Note: A subsequent visit will be required if requirements are not met, which may delay the opening of the new pharmacy.
Once all the above documents are complete and all requirements are met, the pharmacy manager will be notified by email when the hospital pharmacy is authorized to open. A hospital pharmacy licence will be issued and HIBC will also be notified.
A hospital pharmacy licence is valid for 12 months and must be renewed through eServices annually before the expiry date. An email notification will be sent to the pharmacy manager approximately 6 weeks before the pharmacy licence expires. Ensure that your pharmacy manager’s email contact information on eServices is always up-to-date.