What is an acceptable form of electronic signature?

What is an acceptable form of electronic signature? 

Bylaw References: 

PODSA Bylaws - Definition of Electronic Signature

“electronic signature” means

(a) information in electronic form that a person has created or adopted in order to sign a record, other than with respect to a prescription signed by a full pharmacist for the purpose of prescribing, that is in, attached to or associated with a record, is secure and is only reproducible and used by that person; and,

(b) with respect to a prescription signed by a full pharmacist for the purpose of prescribing, the electronic signature must meet the requirements of paragraph (a) and must be a unique mark personally applied by that pharmacist;

HPA Bylaws - Definition of Electronic Initial

“electronic initial” means

(a) information in electronic form that a person has created or adopted in order to initial a record, other than with respect to a prescription initialed by a full pharmacist for the purpose of prescribing, that is in, attached to or associated with a record, is secure and is only reproducible and used by that person; and

(b) with respect to a prescription initialed by a full pharmacist for the purpose of prescribing, the electronic initial must meet the requirements of paragraph (a) and must be a unique mark personally applied by that pharmacist;

In general, an electronic signature must be “secure” and “only reproducible and used” by the person who is authorized to sign the record.  Examples of acceptable electronic signatures include signatures created by a stylus on a screen, and signatures generated by a barcode or a password.   It is important to note that in order for an electronic signature or initial to be “secure and only reproducible and used by that person”, a pharmacist must not share his/her barcode or password, as applicable, with any other person.

Electronic signatures and initials used by pharmacists for the purpose of prescribing must meet all of the general requirements set out above, and must also be a “unique mark personally applied by that pharmacist”.  This means that the signature must be a “wet signature” created by hand each time a document is signed.  This requirement is consistent with the requirements of the College of Physicians and Surgeons for physicians when signing prescriptions.