As a health care provider, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are required to authorize and complete a Criminal Record Check (CRC) as a step in their initial registration or registration renewal process. CRCs are legislated under the BC Criminal Records Review Act (CRRA) and is a mandatory requirement of the BC Ministry of Justice for any registered pharmacist or pharmacy technician. The CRC authorization is consent for the Ministry of Justice to conduct a vulnerable sector check.
In 2013, the CRRA was updated to include fingerprinting for selected individuals as an additional verification step of a CRC. This additional step is mandatory for those selected. Selection is determined at the discretion of the BC Ministry of Justice and is based on characteristics such as gender and birth date. The BC Ministry of Justice will notify you by mail if you are required to complete the fingerprinting verification step and it must be completed as soon as possible.
The CRRA was designed to help protect children from individuals whose criminal record indicates they pose a risk of physical or sexual abuse, and protect vulnerable adults from individuals whose criminal record indicates they pose a risk of physical, sexual or financial abuse.
The College is not responsible for any portion of the Criminal Record Check as the BC Ministry of Justice administers all aspects. The CRC is a function of your registration category whether or not you interact directly with children or vulnerable adults in your daily work.
For more information on the CRRA, please visit the BC Ministry of Justice website.