Reporting Requirements for Medical Assistance in Dying in BC: Changes to Forms and Prescription Protocol
On November 1, 2018, new reporting requirements for Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) came into effect. The new federal regulations and provincial standards identified the reporting requirements for pharmacists, physicians, and nurse practitioners.
As part of the new reporting process, all provincial and federal reportable information began to be collected through new provincial forms for MAiD. This streamlined the reporting process, allowing the practitioner or pharmacist’s completion and submission of their provincial form(s) to the BC Ministry of Health (the designated recipient) to fulfill both the provincial and federal reporting obligations for MAiD.
Updates to MAiD Forms for Practitioners and Pharmacists
Minor updates to the forms involved in the MAiD Reporting process have been made by the Ministry of Health based on input from practitioners and pharmacists.
Practitioners and pharmacists must ensure they use an up-to-date version of the applicable MAiD forms, which are available for download from the Ministry of Health’s website.
Ministry of Health
Medical Assistance in Dying
Dispensing Record (Pharmacist) Form
The Dispensing Record (Pharmacist) form collects all the information necessary for prescription accountability, the safe return of unused medications, and meeting the federal and provincial MAiD reporting requirements.
For the pharmacist who dispenses a substance in connection with the provision of medical assistance in dying, to record details pertaining to the dispensing and return of unused medications.
Instruction guide with additional information about the completion of HLTH 1641 Dispensing Record.
- The affirmations of compliance with the provincial regulatory college standards have all been aligned on the left margin.
- A permanent label has been created for the return of the sealed back-up IV kit.
Pharmacy Protocols Guidance Document and Prescription Form
BC Medical Assistance in Dying Pharmacy Protocols Guidance Document and Prescription Form
The British Columbia Medical Assistance in Dying Pharmacy Protocols guidance document and the British Columbia Medical Assistance in Dying Prescription form (includes the pre-printed order and medication administration record) are not available for general distribution.
The prescribing physician or nurse practitioner can access these documents by contacting the health authority care coordination service for medical assistance in dying, or the College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Pharmacists may also familiarize themselves with the standardized drug protocols by accessing the British Columbia Pharmacy Protocols guidance document through the College of Pharmacists secure eServices site.
The BC Medical Assistance in Dying Pharmacy Protocols guidance document and the MC Medical Assistance in Dying Prescription form (which includes the pre-printed order and medication administration record) have been updated to include an optional medication for the Intravenous Drug Protocol.
See the updated British Columbia Pharmacy Protocols guidance document (Version 4) for more information.
Medical Assistance in Dying in BC
Learn more about Medical Assistance in Dying and the related reporting requirements at bcpharmacists.org/MAiD
For questions or concerns regarding the new regulations and reporting requirements, please contact the Ministry of Health’s Medical Assistance in Dying Oversight Unit or Health Canada.
BC Ministry of Health - Medical Assistance in Dying Oversight Unit
Health Canada (Federal Regulations)
Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are always welcome to contact the College’s Practice Support with questions or concerns about pharmacy practice.