OCP Registrar Announces Plans to Step Down

TORONTO, Jan. 10 /CNW/ - Deanna Williams has announced her intention to step down as Registrar of the Ontario College of Pharmacists, effective May 31, 2011.

Ms. Williams joined the College from the Ontario Ministry of Health, Drug Programs Reform Secretariat in 1994. She served as Director of Programs (1994-1998) and Deputy Registrar from 1998 until her appointment as College Registrar in early 2000.

During her tenure, the College has experienced much change and many accomplishments. The College's Quality Assurance and Practice Review process is recognized internationally as a model program for pharmacy and other health professions. Other initiatives include the International Pharmacy Graduate (IPG) bridging program; new regulatory proposals that will allow the College to more effectively govern pharmacy practice through accredited pharmacies in Ontario and give effect to the new, enhanced scope of practice for pharmacists (expected in 2011); and the new College "brand" which blends the College's rich traditions with a more modern look. Most recently, the College realized its long-standing goal to regulate pharmacy technicians as a new and separate class of pharmacy professional within OCP making Ontario the first jurisdiction in Canada to do so.

Ms. Williams is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) and on the Board of Directors of the Federation of Health Regulatory Colleges of Ontario (FHRCO) having served as its President for 2006-2007. Ms. Williams also served on the Board of Directors of the international regulatory organization CLEAR (Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation) from 1999-2005, and was elected its first Canadian president in 2003-2004.

"I will miss the College and especially those with whom I have been so fortunate to work over the years. But it is time for me to change direction and explore other opportunities," said Ms. Williams. "I am very proud of the legacy I leave behind and knowing that our College is recognized for its regulatory leadership both nationally and internationally."

"On behalf of OCP Council, I want to thank Registrar Williams for her tireless dedication to the College and the profession of pharmacy," said OCP President Bonnie Hauser. "Her commitment will have a lasting impact on the profession for years to come. On behalf of Council, I wish her the very best in her future endeavours." 

Established in 1871, the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP) is the registering and regulating body for pharmacy practice in Ontario.

SOURCE Ontario College of Pharmacists

For further information:

Anjali Baichwal, Communications Advisor 416-847-8294 Toll-free: 1-800-220-1921

abaichwal@ocpinfo.com  www.ocpinfo.com

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