Pharmacy technicians are not new members of the pharmacy team. They have been supporting pharmacists in carrying out the practice of pharmacy for many years. What is new is the fact that in recent years, a lot of work has been undertaken by
pharmacy regulatory authorities across Canada to create a regulated framework
to oversee their practice.
of a regulated framework for pharmacy technicians was the logical next step in
the evolution of pharmacy practice in an effort to increase patient safety and
improve patient care. It allows the pharmacy technician to better support the pharmacist,
allowing the pharmacist to focus more on the clinical aspects of patient care.
technicians are now a regulated health profession in several jurisdictions in
Canada. The legislative changes and regulatory controls required to create a
new regulated profession are in place in those jurisdictions and in progress in
others. In all jurisdictions, it is intended that the competency requirements and
standards of practice for pharmacy technicians be consistent across the country
in order to facilitate labour mobility. Pharmacy technicians across Canada will
be required to demonstrate that they meet certain criteria and register
with/obtain a licence from the pharmacy regulatory authority in their jurisdiction prior to working as a regulated pharmacy technician.
These changes to the profession have also led to an expanded scope of practice for
pharmacy technicians. The scope of practice and activities allowed may vary
slightly from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, however in all jurisdictions, the
pharmacy technician must follow the standards of practice, are responsible for
their own actions and are accountable to the public.
Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) has developed national
, national language proficiency requirements
national standards of practice for pharmacy technicians
. NAPRA also maintains
the National Pharmacy Technician Bridging Education Program for use across the
country. Further information on the bridging education program can be found in the
section of the same name.