Having a degree in pharmacy is one of several requirements needed for a certificate of registration, in order to practice as a licensed pharmacist in Ontario. It does not, in itself, confer the right to practice pharmacy. Should an individual wish to make reference to their educational credentials, this information should be presented in a manner that is not ambiguous, confusing, or misleading to the public. OCP has not established any additional policy or guideline restricting how a degree or credential may be used, however, it must be evident whether an individual is licensed by the College and able to practice pharmacy, or not.
Pharmacy graduates who possess a PharmD (Doctor of Pharmacy) degree should be aware that use of the title Doctor (or an equivalent abbreviation, such as Dr.) is restricted by the Regulated Health Professions Act, Section 33. A pharmacist cannot use this title in the course of providing, or offering to provide, health care to an individual. The regulated health professionals who may use this title in practice are defined in the Act. Pharmacists should be mindful when referring to their PharmD degree of the potential for misinterpretation by a patient that the individual is, for instance, a Medical Doctor (MD).
Once registered with the College as a pharmacist, they are permitted to use the title of Pharmacist or an equivalent abbreviation, such as the designation RPh (approved by Council in 2003). Section 10 of the Pharmacy Act also restricts the use of the titles Apothecary and Pharmaceutical Chemist to registered pharmacist members of the College. Similarly, Pharmacy Technician (and its abbreviation RPhT) became a restricted title under the Pharmacy Act in December 2010. All other titles such as Certified Pharmacy Technician (in use prior to 2008) must no longer be used. This does not prevent someone from indicating their past achievement of passing the College’s certification exam, such as on a r?sum?, however the title of Pharmacy Technician cannot be used in practice unless they are registered as members of the College.