Why is a criminal record check required?

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.

The criminal record check is a requirement of the Criminal Records Review Act (CRRA) and is applicable to applicants and registrants of all professional regulatory bodies governed by the HPA. The Criminal Records Review Act is intended to help protect children from physical and sexual abuse or vulnerable adults from physical, sexual or financial abuse. All applicants and registrants must undergo a CRC regardless of whether or not they work directly with children or vulnerable adults.

Consent to a CRC is mandatory. If an applicant or registrant refuses to provide consent, the College will not be able to register or renew their registration. Without registration, an individual cannot practise as a pharmacist or pharmacy technician in BC