New Requirements for Temporary Registrants Now in Effect

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New Requirements for Temporary Registrants Now in Effect

As of March 15, 2021, amendments to the College’s bylaws under the Health Professions Act (HPA) requiring temporary registrants to provide additional information to the College every 12 months, if their temporary registration period exceeds 12 months, are now in effect. 

Shortly after the onset of the COVID-19 public health emergency, given an anticipated increased demand for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, the Board approved amendments to the HPA Bylaws to grant temporary registration to eligible persons during a declared emergency.

This temporary registration is valid until a date determined by the Registration Committee or the Registrar. 

Registrants, other than temporary registrants, are subject to registration renewal requirements on an annual basis. This renewal process is an important public safety measure allowing the College to verify that registrants are still in compliance with the College’s requirements. 

At its February 2021 meeting, the College Board approved publicly posting proposed amendments to the Health Professions Act (HPA) Bylaws, requiring temporary registrants to provide additional information to the College every 12 months, when a declared emergency lasts 12 months or longer. 

As no comments were received, these amendments have been filed with the Ministry of Health and are now in effect. 

Previously, only registrants, other than temporary registrants, were subject to registration renewal on an annual basis. This process is a public safety measure, allowing the College to verify that the registrant is still in compliance with applicable requirements (e.g. professional liability requirements). 

As the declared emergency is still in effect, and is anticipated to last well into 2021, these amendments enable a process similar to regular registration renewal for temporary registrants. 

Temporary registrants are now required to provide additional information every 12 months, including a statutory declaration and an attestation that all requirements for temporary registration are being met. 

HPA TR2 Form

Temporary registrants are required to complete and submit the HPA TR2 form to the College by email at: [email protected] or by fax at: 604-733-2493 every 12 months by the specified deadline in the notice that will be emailed to them approximately 6 weeks prior to the end of the month of their initial temporary registration date.  Do NOT submit the form unless notified.

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Temporary registrants who fail to submit the required form to the College by the specified deadline will have their temporary registration status revoked on the next business day. 

Individuals who wish to register as a temporary registrant again will be required to apply for temporary registration by following the process outlined above if they meet the registration requirements.



If you have any questions, please contact the College at: [email protected].


The College acknowledges with respect that the College of Pharmacists of BC is located on the unceded and traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples – sḵwx̱wú7mesh úxwumixw (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

As the regulator for pharmacy practice in what is now known as British Columbia, we recognize all the traditional territories of First Nations peoples and the Indigenous peoples living across BC. The College encourages all registered pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to reflect on the traditional territory where they live and practise pharmacy.

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Mar 16, 2021