Strategic Plan and Key Initiatives

Strategic PLAN AND KEY Initiatives

The College of Pharmacists of British Columbia is actively involved in the following strategic initiatives as set out in its 2014/15 - 2016/17 Strategic Plan.

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are asked to familiarize themselves with these strategic initiatives as they directly impact our profession and assist the College in meeting its mandate to provide safe and effective pharmacy care.

For more information on the College's strategic plan, please visit


Practice Review Program
The College launched the Practice Review Program in community pharmacy in January 2015. Under the program, all pharmacies, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians will be reviewed at least once every six years.

New staff - all former pharmacists - were hired by the College to carry out the reviews. They will visit all pharmacies across the province to ensure that pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are meeting current standards of practice.

The Practice Review Program will be introduced across hospital settings and other practice settings at a later date. 

Visit the Programs for more information on the Practice Review Program. 

Prohibition on the Provision of Incentives

August 25, 2014 - The College of Pharmacists of BC has filed an appeal of the July 25, 2014 decision of the Supreme Court of British Columbia to the BC Court of Appeal. The Supreme Court decision struck down the College’s Bylaws that prohibited pharmacists from providing incentives, including points or other loyalty program benefits, upon the filling of prescriptions or the provision of other pharmacy services. Click here to read the decision. 

For more information on the proposed incentive bylaw, please refer to the following News Items:

Feb 15, 2013
April 23, 2013
Dec 3, 2013
Dec 20, 2013
Jan 13, 2014
May 8, 2014
May 14, 2014
July 28, 2014
Aug 25, 2014

Advanced Practice Pharmacist (APP) Designation

The College established an Advanced Practice Pharmacist Task Group in January 2013 to obtain input into the development of the Advanced Practice Pharmacist program to qualify practicing pharmacists for additional prescribing authorization within a collaborative practice environment, in BC.

Stakeholder engagement sessions took place in Fall 2014 with regards to the potential for such a designation. APP would provide pharmacists with additional prescribing authority and the ability to order diagnostic tests that are within their level of knowledge and experience.

The College’s hope is that such a designation will help improve patient safety through more effective pharmaceutical care, improve patient access to healthcare services, improve patient health outcomes, and therefore reduce cost to the health care system.

Methadone Maintenance Treatment (MMT)

Opioid dependence is a health concern with implications for the individual patient as well as the public. Methadone maintenance treatment is recognized internationally as among the most effective treatments for opioid dependency.

Addiction treatment experts recommend that methadone treatment for opioid dependence be delivered with a maintenance-oriented, rather than abstinence-oriented, philosophy. This approach acknowledges opioid dependence as a chronic disease.

Effective February 1, 2014, the standard concentration of methadone is 10 mg/ml.

All pharmacy managers, staff, relief pharmacists and pharmacy technicians employed in a community pharmacy that provides pharmacy services related to MMT must:

  • have successfully completed the mandatory CPBC MMT training program, and
  • have implemented all necessary practice requirements identified in the CPBC Methadone Maintenance Treatment Policy Guide (2013).
Visit the Resources for more information on Methadone Maintenance Treatment. 

*Updated on a regular basis.