College Implementing Criminal Background Checks for Applicants


The Ontario College of Pharmacists is introducing criminal background checks as an additional registration requirement for all new registrants.

The policy, which will take effect during the second quarter of 2019, will be implemented in conjunction with existing registration requirements. It supports the College’s due diligence in assessing an applicant’s eligibility for final registration.

Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians already registered with the College will not be required to submit background checks. However, pharmacy students, interns, and technician applicants already registered/pre-registered with the College will be required to do so when they proceed to the next level of registration.

The new policy reflects the College’s mandate to regulate pharmacy practice in Ontario to serve and protect the public. In September 2016, Council approved the recommendation by the Registration Committee to implement criminal background checks as an additional requirement for registration in any class with the College.