Failing to Renew Registration – Implications on Pharmacy Licence
As stated in the most recent “What Went Wrong” article on Practising Without Registration or Required Certification, failing to renew your registration prior to your renewal date can have serious implications. Not only is it illegal to practise within the scope of a pharmacist or pharmacy technician without being a College registrant, you also would not have any professional liability coverage during the time period you are not registered.
For pharmacists who are pharmacy managers and/or direct owners of a pharmacy, failing to renew your registration on time can also affect the pharmacy’s license. Once your registration lapses, you would no longer be considered a “pharmacist” under the Pharmacy Operations and Drug Scheduling Act:
If a pharmacy manager and/or direct owner fails to renew their registration on time, a new pharmacy manager and/or direct owner must be appointed, whichever is applicable. All cases of unauthorized practice of pharmacy and/or unlawful operation of a pharmacy will be referred to the College’s Inquiry Committee for further review and investigation.
Reinstatement Following Late Registration Renewal
If you allow your registration to lapse, section 53 of the Bylaws to the Health Professions Act enables you to be immediately reinstated to practising registration if you apply for reinstatement (including completing continuing education requirements and other applicable requirements) not later than 90 days following the expiry of your registration and pay a late registration renewal fee. However, between the time of registration expiry and reinstatement during this 90-day period, you will NOT be considered a College registrant. For pharmacists, your PharmaNet access will be denied following the expiry of your registration. For pharmacists who are pharmacy managers and/or direct owners (where applicable), the pharmacy licence will be considered cancelled following the expiry of your registration, unless a new pharmacy manager and/or direct owner is appointed.
Note: if more than 90 days have lapsed since the last time you held active or full registration, you would need to apply for full reinstatement of registration pursuant to section 52 of the Bylaws to the Health Professions Act. This process includes, among other requirements, a new Criminal Record Check and new notarized statutory declarations, and it may take a minimum of 4 weeks before your registration is reinstated.