Who are the Authorized Representatives for Your Pharmacy?
Under the amendments to the Pharmacy Operations and Drug Scheduling Act, Authorized Representatives for pharmacies play an important role in managing the pharmacy’s licence.
Authorized Representatives are individuals who are permitted to represent the pharmacy’s direct owner in the collection and submission of any and all information required to complete both the pharmacy licence application and renewal processes through the College’s eServices site.
Authorized Representatives are also responsible for reporting any changes to a pharmacy’s licensure information to the College.
Learn more about the Responsibilities of Managers and Owners within the New Pharmacy Ownership Requirements in this ReadLinks Article.
Authorized Representatives are determined based on their relationship with the direct owner of the pharmacy and must ensure the completion of all requirements for both pharmacy licence renewals and applications.
The following table and diagram outline who will be considered an Authorized Representative for common types of pharmacy ownership structure (direct owner).
|Type of direct owner||authorized representative(s)|
|Sole Proprietor||Sole Proprietor (pharmacist);|
|Partnership of Pharmacists||Any partners (pharmacist) in the partnership;|
|Partnership of Corporations||Any director(s) of each corporation in the partnership|
Pharmacies with more than one Authorized Representative
Pharmacies with more than one Authorized Representative must decide internally–the College does not require disclosure of these decisions–which Authorized Representative(s) will be responsible for the following tasks:
- Submitting the licence renewal application
- Monitoring the status of the licence renewal application
- Following up on missing requirements
- Following up with individuals who have not submitted their Proof of Eligibility.
Authorized representatives will have access on their eServices account that will allow them to monitor both when requirements have been submitted and whether each applicable individual has submitted their proof of eligibility requirements.
LOOKING FOR MORE INFORMATION?
Looking for more information about the new pharmacy ownership requirements? Here’s some suggestions:
- Refer to the approved amendments to the PODSA bylaws and forms. Most of the forms will be incorporated into College’s eServices website as part of an electronic submissions process.
- Note: The PODSA bylaws and forms have been approved by the College of Pharmacists of BC Board and will come into effect in early 2018.
- Review the information available at bcpharmacists.org/ownership which includes an overview of the PODSA amendments and related changes to the licensure process.
- Check out the Pharmacy Ownership FAQs to see if your questions have already been answered.
A detailed Licensure Guide is in the process of being developed and will be available in early 2018 – stay tuned.
NEW PHARMACY OWNERSHIP REQUIREMENTS READLINKS SERIES
Watch for additional New Pharmacy Ownership Requirements articles in the months ahead on ReadLinks. These articles feature important new requirements for pharmacy licensure and renewals to help pharmacies prepare to meet the new requirements.