Jurisprudence Examination Information
Due to the ongoing developments with the COVID-19 pandemic, the College of Pharmacists of BC has made the difficult decision to cancel the June 2020 sitting of the Jurisprudence Exam.
The College is currently exploring alternate future dates to hold the Jurisprudence Exam. If an alternate date is made available, this information will be posted on the College’s website.
The Jurisprudence Examination (JE) is based on legislation contained in federal and provincial acts, their regulations, bylaws and published College Professional Practice Policies that pertain to pharmacy operations and registrant (pharmacist or pharmacy technician) responsibilities in the practice of pharmacy. Successful completion of the JE is required to register as a Pharmacist or Pharmacy Technician in British Columbia.
The exam is held three times a year in February, June, and October. Registration opens around one to two months prior to the date of the exam. Exam information will be updated below as soon as the exam date and all exam locations are confirmed.
All applicants must read and adhere to Registration Committee Policy-3 “Jurisprudence Examination”.
Applicants should refer to Registration Committee Policy-4 “Examination Accommodation Policy” if they wish to make a request for testing accommodations. A written request for the accommodation using the Jurisprudence Exam Accommodation Request Form must be made at least 8 weeks prior to the examination date for consideration by the Registration Committee.
Jurisprudence Exam Process Overview
To be eligible to register for the JE, you must be:
- pre-registered*, or
- registered as a UBC student and in the final year of the pharmacy program.
*Note: You must submit your pre-registration application at least one month prior to the JE registration deadline to allow sufficient time to process your application.
- Register for the Exam on eServices
- Log into your eServices account
- Click on the “Events & Services” tab and select “Register for Events”
- Select the event, follow the instructions and pay the fee.
Upon successful registration, a payment confirmation will be emailed to you. To view your exam registration details (i.e. exam location, date, time) please log into eServices, click on "Event Registration", select your registration category, and you will find details under "Itinerary".Exam information may be updated without notice, therefore, please check eServices at least one week prior to exam.
Note: The fee for the examination is non-refundable and non-transferable to a different location or a future examination sitting.
- Study for the Exam
The examination will include information found on the College’s Jurisprudence Exam Resources webpage.
Refer to the appendices in the JE information Guide for the specific sections of legislation covered on the examination. You can also find sample questions and other useful information in the guide. You are encouraged to use the College website as the primary and most current source of information about pharmacy legislation, standards of practice and policies. The following JE Orientation Presentations have been developed to guide your study:
Also review the 4 modules of the Code of Ethics: Educational Tutorial which cover topics such as the College’s Code of Ethics, Conflict of Interest Standards and Model for Ethical Decision Making.
Note: The following changes have occurred subsequent to the production of the presentations above:
- Effective July 26, 2016, BC nurse practitioner can prescribe, compound, administer or dispense controlled drugs and substances in accordance with the standards, limits and conditions set by the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia.
- Effective April 1, 2017, BC midwives can prescribe, order and administer certain controlled drug substances in accordance with the standards, limits and conditions set by the College of Midwives of British Columbia.
- BC podiatrists can prescribe, compound, dispense and administer controlled drugs and substances that are Schedule I of the Drug Schedules Regulation. Pursuant to the Podiatrists Regulation, BC podiatrists currently do not have the authority to prescribe controlled drugs and substances that are Schedule 1A of the Drug Schedules Regulation.
- Effective May 19, 2018, the Government of Canada removed the regulatory requirement for practitioners to obtain a subsection 56(1) exemption to prescribe, administer, sell or provide methadone to their patients. Methadone is permitted to be prescribed in the same manner as other narcotics under the Narcotic Control Regulations (NCR). Practitioners and pharmacists are still required to meet all other applicable provisions of the NCR, as well as the requirements established by their Colleges governing their practice when dealing with controlled substances. Examples of such requirements include, but are not limited to, additional courses or training.
- Effective January 2, 2020, prescriptions for certain codeine containing liquid preparations will require a Controlled Prescription Program duplicate prescription form. As with all Controlled Prescription Program drugs, these preparations must also be stored in a time-delay safe.
For a list of DIN’s affected by this change please visit: ReadLinks - New Safety Measures for Codeine Liquid Preparations in Effect on January 2, 2020.
- Write the Exam on the Exam Day
Your exam registration details (i.e. exam location, date, time) can be found on your eServices account.
Arrive at the exam site well before the exam start time to allow for sufficient time to sign-in. Refer to the itinerary on eServices for specific details.
You must bring one piece of valid photo identification (i.e. drivers licence, passport, permanent resident card, UBC student card) to the examination. The identification will be checked by exam personnel to verify your identification when you sign in at the reception desk.
Once you have entered the examination room, you may not leave for the first 30 minutes and the last 30 minutes of the examination. You will have 3 hours to complete the exam and you will be supplied with the drug schedules. No other reference material is permitted. See the JE Information Guide for more information.
The examination results will be released one month after the date of the exam and will be mailed to you via Canada Post.
The results of the Jurisprudence Exam are valid for 3 years from the date of completion in accordance with Registration Committee Policy-10.
Note: No results will be disclosed via telephone or email.