Pharmacy Technicians

Is it true that I am required to have a criminal record check?

Yes, in accordance with legislation, all current and new registrants of the College of Pharmacists of BC are required to consent to a criminal record check at least once every 5 years. It is a requirement of the Criminal Records Review Act and is applicable to current and new registrants of all professional regulatory bodies governed by the HPA. Additional information is available in the FAQ.

Will I be required to participate in the Professional Development and Assessment Program (Continuing Education and Assessment)?

Yes, as a registrant of the College of Pharmacists of BC, you are required by legislation, just as pharmacists are, to participate and successfully complete the Professional Development and Assessment Program (PDAP) which includes a continuing education component and an assessment component. 

Is liability insurance required?

Yes, in accordance with legislation, all registrants of the College are required to carry professional liability insurance that meets the following criteria:

  • Provides a minimum of $2 million coverage.
  • Provides occurrence based coverage or claims made coverage with extended reporting period of at least 3 years.
  • If not in the pharmacists’ or regulated pharmacy technicians’ name, the group policy covers the pharmacist or pharmacy technician as an individual.

Will it be possible for a prescription (new or refill) to be released to a patient without a pharmacist involved in the process?

No. Pharmacists will continue to be involved in every new and refill prescription as they remain solely responsible for assessing the appropriateness of drug therapy (patient assessment, confirm dose and interval, check PharmaNet profile, and identify drug interactions) and for providing patient consultation. A prescription cannot be released to a patient without a pharmacist having performed these cognitive functions. 

If I am working in a pharmacy as a regulated pharmacy technician and I make an error, will I be held liable?

Yes, regulated pharmacy technicians are recognized as healthcare professionals under the HPA and as such are granted an expanded scope of practice which allows them to have independent authority and responsibility. Along with that comes liability for their actions in the preparation, processing and compounding of prescriptions. 

When will ‘pharmacy technician’ become a restricted title?

The Ministry of Health (MOH) approved the restriction of the title ‘pharmacy technician’ (amendment) effective January 1, 2011. At the same time, the MOH approved the revised HPA Bylaws which was the final step in the approval process regarding the legislative authority to register pharmacy technicians as registrants of the College of Pharmacists of BC. 

What is regulation/certification/registration?

‘Registration’, ‘Certification’ and ‘Regulation’ are different terms that are currently being used to describe the same thing:

  • Establishes a new ‘regulated healthcare professional'
  • Establishes a new member (registrant) with the College of Pharmacists of BC
  • Restricts the title ‘pharmacy technician’ effective January 1, 2011
  • Holds the ‘pharmacy technician’ responsible, accountable and liable for a specific scope of practice (job description)

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