VANCOUVER, June 17, 2011 /CNW/ - Earlier today, at a recognition
celebration held in conjunction with their regularly scheduled Board
meeting, the Board of the College of Pharmacists of BC (the College)
officially welcomed, from across the province, the inaugural group of
pharmacy technician registrants to the College.
The regulation process, which has been underway for nearly a decade,
establishes a pharmacy technician as an independent healthcare
professional and new registrant of the College who, as prescribed in
legislation, is responsible, accountable and liable for a defined scope
of practice related to the technical aspects of product preparation and
drug distribution. To be eligible to become a pharmacy technician
registrant, individuals must have completed the required education and
successfully met entry-to-practice standards.
Acknowledging this group as pioneers, Board Chair Randy Konrad
congratulated them on their achievement and reminded them of the
importance and significance of their new role. "As an integral member of the healthcare team, like all regulated
healthcare professionals, you must remain committed to upholding your
legal and ethical obligation to protect and promote the health and
well-being of your patients."
Encouraging these new registrants to practice to the full extent of
their scope and competence, College Registrar Marshall Moleschi
acknowledged; "your ability to take responsibility for the technical aspects of product
preparation will allow pharmacists to practice to their full scope in
the provision of clinical services which will have a net benefit of
enhancing health outcomes for patients."
The Honourable Michael de Jong, Minister of Health, in his personal
message and greeting to this inaugural group of pharmacy technician
registrants, summarized by stating; "regulated pharmacy technicians will play a critical role in the
health-care system, taking on increased responsibility in the workplace
and providing pharmacists with more time to assess and counsel patients
and help them best manage and understand their drug therapies."
The regulation of pharmacy technicians, which follows a national
process, is on a voluntary basis and is expected to progress slowly as
technicians who choose to, complete the comprehensive educational
requirements of the program. The inaugural group included 21
technicians and it is anticipated that the College may register up to
100 pharmacy technician registrants before the end of this calendar
year with 100 to 200 more next year. Further details on the process
can be found on the College website at www.bcpharmacists.org.
About the College: The College of Pharmacists of BC is the regulatory body for pharmacy
in British Columbia and is responsible for registering pharmacists and
pharmacy technicians and licensing pharmacies throughout the province.
The College's mandate is to protect the public by ensuring pharmacy
registrants provide safe and effective pharmacy care to help people
achieve better health.
SOURCE College of Pharmacists of British Columbia
For further information:
Lori DeCou, Communications Director, College of Pharmacists of BC 604.676.4204