Temporary Registration

Temporary Registration

On March 16, 2020, the Provincial Health Officer requested all health regulators to begin emergency registration due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, eligible individuals may apply for temporary registration with the College to provide pharmacy services during this health emergency.

There are four classes under this type of registration and their differences are:

Class Who is Eligible to Apply Scope of Practice
Temporary Pharmacist
  1. Currently registered as the equivalent of a full pharmacist in another jurisdiction in Canada or in the United States, and have no limitations, restrictions or conditions on practice; OR
  2. Former registrant who was registered as a full pharmacist within the last 3 years; OR
  3. Non-practising pharmacist who was registered as a full pharmacist within the last 3 years.
Can perform restricted activities/pharmacy services as if they are a full pharmacist, including drug administration by injection and intranasal route if applicable.
Temporary Pharmacy Technician
  1. Currently registered as the equivalent of a pharmacy technician in another jurisdiction in Canada, and have no limitations, restrictions or conditions on practice; OR
  2. Former registrant who was registered as a pharmacy technician within the last 3 years; OR
  3. Non-practising pharmacy technician who was registered as a pharmacy technician within the last 3 years.

Can perform restricted activities/pharmacy services as if they are a pharmacy technician.

Temporary Limited Pharmacist
  1. Pharmacy graduates who have completed their Structural Practical Training (SPT) requirements but not all the required assessments for registration; OR
  2. Pharmacy graduates who have completed their Jurisprudence Exam, PEBC Evaluating (if applicable) and Qualifying Exams, but not their SPT.
Can perform restricted activities/pharmacy services under the direct supervision of a full pharmacist.
Temporary Student Pharmacist
  1. Pharmacy students enrolled in a recognized pharmacy education program outside BC.
Can perform restricted activities/pharmacy services under the direct supervision of a full pharmacist.

The application requirements and process for this type of registration have been streamlined to reduce barriers and expedite the registration process.

Here are the steps to register with the College:

  1. Apply to be a temporary registrant
    Complete the Application for Temporary Registration

     

    1. If you have never been registered/pre-registered with the College, you will have to submit two pieces of government issued identification, of which at least one must have a photograph taken during adulthood.
       
    2. If you are currently registered in another jurisdiction and the College is unable to verify your registration and standing online, you must provide evidence from your pharmacy regulatory authority to confirm that you are registered as the equivalent of a full pharmacist in another jurisdiction in Canada or in the United States, and have no limitations, restrictions or conditions on practice.
       
    3. If you currently have certification from your jurisdiction to administer drugs via injection only or if you have administered drugs by injection only in the past 3 years, you can apply for drug administration by injection. If you do not have a transferable drug administration certification by intranasal route you MUST NOT administer drugs via intranasal route when temporary registration is granted.
       
    4. You must have professional liability insurance for temporary registration. The College has made arrangements with the BC Pharmacy Association to minimize the financial barrier for professional liability insurance, and to expedite the process. Please contact them if you need to purchase professional liability insurance.

Submit the application to the Registration Department by email or fax to: Registration@bcpharmacists.org or 604-733-2493 or 1-800-377-8129.

Allow up to 2 business days for processing.

The College will send you a confirmation notice when your temporary registration is granted. Note that you will be notified when your temporary registration period will end when the Registrar or the Registration Committee has determined the end date of this emergency.