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
"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
"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
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