Fall 2018

Medical Assistance in Dying: Reporting Requirements and Guidance Document

Medical Assistance in Dying
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Health Canada’s new federal reporting requirements for medical assistance in dying (MAiD) came into effect on November 1, 2018. Pharmacists who have dispensed a substance in connection with the provision of MAiD are now required to report to Health Canada within 30 days after the day of dispensing.

Information that must be reported in all cases consist of:

  • The patient’s date of birth, health insurance number, and province or territory of issuance
  • Your name, province or territory of practice, registration number, mailing address and e-mail
  • Name and licence or registration number for the practitioner who prescribed or obtained the substance
  • The date that the substance was dispensed and where it was dispensed (hospital or community pharmacy)

Please review the detailed information on the Health Canada website. On this site you can find a printable PDF checklist of the information (outlined here) that pharmacists are required to report.

The College’s MAiD guidance document has now been updated to reflect the changes to the new federal reporting requirements. Please review this updated guidance document, which is intended to assist pharmacy professionals to comply with legal obligations and professional expectations with respect to MAiD as outlined in federal and provincial legislation, the Standards of Practice, Code of Ethics and College policies and guidelines.

You can learn more about MAiD on the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care website. The site provides a breakdown of Ontario’s hybrid approach to the new federal reporting requirements and includes links to tools and resources to aid clinicians in fulfilling their reporting obligations.

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