For more information on the Criminal Record Check program, please visit the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General website: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/crime-prevention/criminal-record-check
If you have a criminal record, but it is not relevant to the protection of children or vulnerable adults, the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General does not release this information. If you have a relevant record the College is informed that there is a relevant record but no other information is provided. If the Deputy Registrar of the Criminal Records Review Program determines there is no risk to children or vulnerable adults, the College is informed of the Deputy Registrar’s decision and may request a copy of the written reasons for the decision.
The Criminal Records Review Act lists relevant offences associated with physical and sexual abuse, including indecent acts, neglect, assault, trafficking in drugs and serious crimes. They are used as a basis to determine if a person presents a risk to children or vulnerable adults. Convictions related to provincial or minor criminal offences, not related to the protection of children or vulnerable adults, are not included.
You will only be notified by the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General directly if a possible relevant record is found.
If there are no relevant criminal records, the College is informed approximately 20 days after the authorization is submitted to the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General. If there is a possible relevant record and fingerprints are required, it may be six months or more before the outcome is known. If you are applying for pre-registration, your application will be complete after the CRC is cleared. If you are renewing your registration, you will remain registered while the check is being processed.
I am on the non-practicing pharmacist or pharmacy technician registration / student pharmacist registration category. Do I have to consent to a Criminal Record Check?
Yes, all registrants of the College must consent to an ongoing criminal record check at least once every 5 years.
I just had a criminal record check done for employment or another organization (e.g. volunteer, schools, sports, events, or clubs). Will I require another?
Yes, all new applicants and current registrants must consent to a CRC. As specified in the Criminal Records Review Program the check must be done through the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General. In addition to checking RCMP records, other records that are not usually part of a CRC by the RCMP (e.g., provincial and young offenders’ records) will be checked.
The process is as follows:
All applicants applying for pre-registration and current registrants as part of the registration renewal process, are required to consent to and pay for a CRC.
The information required for the CRC is forwarded to the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General.
The Ministry runs the CRC against provincial data and RCMP information. If criminal records are found, they are examined to determine relevancy to physical, sexual or financial abuse.
Under the Health Professions Act (HPA), which took effect April 1st, 2009, all applicants and registrants of the College of Pharmacists of BC are required to consent to an ongoing criminal record check (CRC) at least once every 5 years.