Certification for Drug Administration by Injection and Intranasal Route


Effective December 3, 2015, the Ministry of Health made an amendment to the Pharmacists Regulation which allows for qualified pharmacists to administer a drug (Schedule I, IA or II) or substance (Schedule III) by intranasal route, or by intradermal, intramuscular or subcutaneous injection for the prevention of disease, disorders or conditions, and for the treatment of anaphylaxis.

This current certification is restricted to immunizations only. Further development regarding certification of other drug administration is being explored by the College.

Note: Registrant who have not administered drugs by intranasal route in the preceding three years must complete the intranasal administration online module.  Temporary registrants who are currently authorized to administer immunization by injection only must complete the intranasal administration online module and submit the “intranasal administration declaration” through eServices before they may provide drug administration by intranasal route.

Intranasal Administration
  1. Meet the necessary requirements to apply for Drug Administration

    In order to qualify for drug administration, you must:

    • Be registered as a Full Pharmacist, Limited Pharmacist, Temporary Pharmacist or Student (UBC) Pharmacist.

    • Have successfully completed a CCCEP-accredited drug administration training program approved by the College as listed in Schedule C of the HPA Bylaws, or hold valid drug administration authorization in another province at the time of submitting the application.

      • You must apply for certification for drug administration within 1 year of completing the drug administration program.

    • Possess valid certification in first aid and CPR from a recognized provider.

      • Recognized providers include St. John Ambulance, Canadian Red Cross, WorkSafe BC, Lifesaving Society, EMP Canada, and the Academy of Emergency Training. Other providers will be reviewed by the College before being accepted. Online courses without an in-class training component are NOT acceptable.

      • It is the responsibility of a pharmacist to determine the specific courses based on their individual competence and practice needs. A pharmacist must ensure that their chosen course provides certification in both first aid and CPR. A standalone CPR course is not acceptable, as it does not include first aid certification.

  2. Apply for Drug Administration

    Submit the Application for Certification – Drug Administration by Injection and Intranasal Route to the College.
    Please allow up to 5 business days for processing. 

    In order to complete the declaration page of this application, you must read and understand the Certified Practice – Drug Administration by Injection and Intranasal Route Standards, Limits and Conditions

  3. Renew Drug Administration Certification at time of Registration Renewal

    Registrants with drug administration certification must renew their Drug Administration Certification at the time of their registration renewal. Authorized registrants must login to eServices and declare if they meet the requirements for maintaining drug administration certification (see Renewal Requirements).

Applications are reviewed by the College in the order they are received. Pharmacists may use the Find a Pharmacy or Registrant search function on the College website to confirm their certification. The annual registration e-card, available on eServices, also indicates drug administration certification. Pharmacists must receive this certification prior to providing drug administration services.